London: Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia resigned as Brighton and Hove Albion manager on Monday after only six months in charge of the Championship club.
Hyypia took over from Oscar Garcia on a three-year contract in the close-season, but the Finn has walked away from the Amex Stadium with the Seagulls in the relegation zone after winning just one of their last 18 games in the English second tier.
The 41-year-old, who was managing in the Champions League with German club Bayer Leverkusen as recently as last season, saw his struggling side held to a 1-1 draw at Wolves on Saturday after conceding a late equaliser and that proved to be his last match in charge.
Hyypia`s assistant Nathan Jones will take charge of the team against Reading on Boxing Day.
In a statement club chairman Tony Bloom 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."