Next permanent Brighton & Hove Albion manager
Next permanent Brighton & Hove Albion manager odds
Having achieved promotion from the Championship, Brighton & Hove Albion will be playing Premier League football in the 2017/18 season.
The club have experienced manager Chris Houghton to thank. Houghton took the hotseat back in 2014, with the club sitting in the relegation zone with half of the season played. The former Tottenham defender guided the club to safety, before taking them to the playoffs 12 months later. They were unsuccessful in the 2015/16 season, but 2017 has proved to be their year.
Having taken Brighton to the next level, Houghton will be given the opportunity to lead the club into their debut Premier League season. However, with more than 40% of newly promoted teams suffering relegation from the top flight in their first season, Houghton will certainly have a job on his hands. Should he struggle to secure the club’s safety, he could find himself out of the club before the season is over, but who would the club bring in to replace him?
Brighton have been one of the best sides in the Championship for two seasons now, but they will need to adapt if they are to cope in the top flight. Houghton’s style of play is relatively simple, yet it has proved to be extremely effective, and they won’t want to change the system too much.
Former England manager Roy Hodgson would undoubtedly be a good fit. He wasn’t quite up to the job with the national team, but he has a fantastic record with teams in the bottom half of the Premier League, having helped to take both Fulham and West Brom to the next level.
Were the club willing to make a statement, they could make a move for Claudio Ranieri, who shocked the world by leading relegation candidates Leicester City to the Premier League title. Their poor form this season earned him the sack, but he will be keen to prove that the 2015/16 campaign wasn’t just a fluke.
However, given his recent success, Ranieri is likely to be a desired man during the summer and it would take a considerable offer to get him to agree to join the newly promoted club. Yet, his appointment at Leicester came as a shock back in 2015 too, so nothing can be ruled out at this stage.
Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka might be an easier target to pursue. The Spaniard doesn’t have much experience under his belt, but he did manage to guide Middlesbrough to safety after achieving promotion with the club last season.
His attitude will undoubtedly be a concern, having clashed with fans, players and the club’s board during his time with Middlesbrough. That is what cost him his place at his former club, yet his ability as a manager cannot be questioned.