Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed the appointment of Paul Trollope as their new assistant manager. The 44-year-old makes a swift return to football, having been sacked as manager of Cardiff City in October following a poor start to the season.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton had been searching for a number two after Colin Calderwood rather unexpectedly left the club to take on a similar role assisting Steve Bruce at Championship rivals Aston Villa. Hughton and Trollope are reunited for the third time in their careers, having previously worked together at Birmingham City and Norwich City.

Trollope was also part of the Wales coaching team, led by Chris Coleman, that enjoyed a run to the semi-finals of the European Championships in France over the summer. Hughton expressed his delight at working with Trollope once again, who will have a lot to offer over the coming months and years at the Amex Stadium,

“I’m delighted to be working with Paul again, as we did at both Birmingham and Norwich.

“He’s an excellent coach, and since his time with me, he’s gone on to gain great experience at international level with Wales and in club management with Cardiff City.”

Trollope, who earned nine caps for the Wales national, began his coaching career at Bristol Rovers, where he eventually become manager alongside Lennie Lawrence in 2005. He guided the club to promotion out of League Two via the play-offs. His time at Cardiff didn’t work out as planned after he was given the job shortly after Russell Slade was removed as boss of the Welsh club. He only lasted 12 games in the role. Trollope will return to Cardiff a week on Saturday, as Brighton are the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium.

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