Brighton has sacked manager Chris Hughton following the club’s poor run of form in 2019.
Albion survived the Premier League by two points following just two wins from 18 top-flight matches since the turn of the year.
Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at home to champions Manchester City proved to be the final game of Hughton’s four-and-a-half-year tenure.
Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom said: “Undoubtedly, this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make as chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season.
“Our run of three wins from 23 Premier League matches put our status at significant risk. It is with that in mind, and the performances during that period, that I now feel it’s the right time for a change.”
Hughton replaced Sami Hyypia at the Amex Stadium in December 2014, with Brighton just above the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.
After defeat in the play-off semi-finals in 2016, Hughton led Albion to promotion the following season with a second-place finish.
He also guided the club to only their second FA Cup semi-final earlier this season.
Assistant manager Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin have also departed.
The club has confirmed that the search for Hughton’s successor is already underway.