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HUGHTON'S TOP SIX AIM

11 July 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is targeting a top-six finish this season, and says he's been delighted with the progress which has been made during his first six months at the club.

Speaking in an interview with Seagulls Player HD, he said, "I've thoroughly enjoyed it so far, the set-up has been excellent, but I'm here to do a job and be competitive, and that means giving us a real opportunity to get promotion.

"The one negative for me is that I would have liked to have finished in a better position than what we did at the end of the season, but everything else has been excellent: the facilities, which are well documented, and the staff who were already here.

"The only additions I made [when he arrived] were Ewan Chester, into the recruitment department, and Colin Calderwood. Other than that it’s a very good group of staff I've inherited. They're very dedicated and very focused."

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Hughton’s main priority has been on recruitment this summer, with four new players already arriving, and Ben Roberts joining from Charlton as goalkeeping coach.

"Once we knew we were okay at the end of last season, the focus was very much on this season. That's where all our efforts are going into and the club is showing the ambition to get to the Premier League.

"Generally you get a feel when the transfer window closes and we have to make sure we have a squad that’s competitive enough at the start of the season and that has to be the aim."

While the team have been away in the Alps, Albion's recruitment team have been back in England working on bringing further additions to the squad; while Hughton has told his squad he wants a vast improvement.

"We need to be far better than we were as a team last season, but it is possible. If you look at the teams who have been in the play-offs in the last few seasons then it's quite obvious that it is possible to make that transition.

"The recruitment department are still working very hard and considering the numbers we lost at the end of the season, we know that we still need to recruit. By the start of the season we need to be near the numbers we want.

"The plan is to bring in more players. Sometimes that takes longer than expected, but we're working very hard. It's a long, tough season and we have to be ready for a lot of games."

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