Sami Hyypia leaves Brighton and Hove Albion

Seagulls accept manager's resignation after wretched run of form.

Brighton and Hove Albion will begin their search for a new manager after reluctantly accepting Sami Hyypia's resignation.

The former Liverpool defender has called time on his short spell at the Amex helm after winning just 13.6% of his games in the Championship this season - a record which has left the Seagulls scrapping it out in the division's relegation zone.

Nathan Jones will take charge of the team for the Boxing Day visit of Reading

Tony Bloom, the Albion chairman, said: "Sami offered his resignation, and we reluctantly accepted earlier today.

"Sami has worked extremely hard since joining the club last summer. Despite some good performances, including most recently at Wolves, results haven't gone as well as we all had hoped and expected.

"Sami is an incredibly honourable man. He remains a hugely respected and very popular figure at our club. He has decided to step down for the benefit of the team and the club.

"We are all very disappointed, but we respect Sami’s decision and we all wish him well for the future."