Brighton have sacked Melissa Phillips after 10 months as head coach. The Seagulls sit 10th out of 12 in the Women’s Super League, six points above bottom-placed Bristol City, but are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and fifth round of the FA Cup.

The 36-year-old joined Brighton last April and helped the club avoid the drop above relegated Reading. Phillips’ exit is a shock, with the head coach having conducted the club’s pre-match press conference at 2.30pm, for their game against Manchester United on Sunday. The announcement she was leaving arrived at 6.45pm.

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