Brighton and Hove Albion look to be in serious danger of relegation following their humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, even if they still lie five points above the drop zone.
The Seagulls only have two Premier League wins to their name in 2019 and have now lost four successive matches in all competitions.
The manner of the defeat was particularly disappointing, and the game against 18th-placed Cardiff City at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night is now crucial to their hopes of staying in the division.
Manager Chris Hughton will inevitably be under some scrutiny following such a poor run of form, even if he did lead the club to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
But what are Brighton fans saying about his future on the popular North Stand Chat forum?
What’s the verdict?
Understandably, a thread appeared soon after the final whistle on Saturday with a poll asking: Hughton In or Out?
After such a heavy defeat you would think that more fans would be leaning towards him going, but it appears to be relatively mixed with the slight majority erring on the side of caution at such a crucial stage of the season.
The supporter above certainly comes under that category, and clearly believes that the 60-year-old has earned the chance to be given time to turn things around.
Not everyone agrees with that sentiment though, with one less impressed fan saying the following…
It’s a difficult one to call and there is no doubt that even the minds of these fans could change again depending on the result against Neil Warnock’s men.
What is for sure is that the quality of football hasn’t been good enough in recent months, and playing one up top at home is far too negative – failing to score against Southampton or Bournemouth is proof of that.
Beating Cardiff will put Brighton on the verge of survival, but even if they stay up it might not be enough to ensure Hughton keeps his job in the summer if the board want to progress next term.