Brighton had a tumultuous 2022-23 season, finishing second from bottom. Having been seventh the year before, it was a big slip down the table – and a far cry from the club’s overall strategy, unveiled in April 2022, to break into the top four.
The team had a revolving door of managers, four in total, with Hope Powell first to depart in October. Her assistant Amy Merricks took over in the interim and Jens Scheuer was finally appointed in December – only to become the shortest-serving manager in the league’s history. His sudden departure was announced “by mutual consent” in March, after only six games.
After the appointment of Melissa Phillips in April, Brighton’s fortunes have improved. The 35-year-old oversaw two wins, enough to stave off relegation, and Phillips recently reiterated the club’s ambition to become a top-four side, while acknowledging it would take time. “We understand that you don’t go from the bottom of the mountain to the top in one step,” she said.