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HUGHTON STRIVING TO REWARD THE CLUB

30 December 2016

The Albion manager wants to repay the faith shown in him,


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admits managing in the Premier League is an attractive prospect, but insists he is more focused on achieving success for the club and his players.

The Seagulls sit top of the Sky Bet Championship ahead of tonight’s match against Cardiff City at the Amex, and Hughton expressed his desire to reward the club with promotion to the top flight of English football.

He said, “It’s not the biggest [incentive] for me. Every manager wants to manage at the highest level, of course, but it’s not the biggest driving factor.

“The biggest driving factor for me is to try and reward this club for employing me, and for the group of players I have to play at the highest level.

“They’re the things that drive me on more. I’ve been around for quite a while and those are my burning ambitions.

“I have a group of lads that have been excellent for me and I want the best for them, and certainly I want the best for this football club.”

Hughton has been pleased with Albion’s impressive form this season and highlighted the positive mood around the club, but stressed the importance of not getting carried away too soon.

“We put ourselves in a very good position last season, and at the halfway stage this season, we’re in a very good position again.

“It doesn’t count for anything if you don’t achieve what you want in the end, but there’s certainly a good feeling at the club at the moment.

“We played in front of a full house against Queens Park Rangers, we’re taking near on 6,000 supporters to Fulham and it should be close to another full house tomorrow night [Friday].

“It means you’re improving as a team and winning a lot of games, but in regards to ultimate success, we haven’t had any yet.”

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Albion defender Gaetan Bong has reclaimed his position in the team since being sent off against the Bluebirds in the 0-0 draw earlier this month, and Hughton praised the club’s starting full-backs for their high levels of consistency.

“He’s [Gaetan Bong] a very good, steady player. He missed a chunk of last season and was actually back a lot earlier than when he got back into the team; it was the form of Liam Rosenior that kept him out.

“He’s a very reliable player and a tough individual, and sometimes that’s what you want from your full-backs.

“Him and Bruno, on the other side, have a good level of consistency and availability. Certainly with Bruno, he’s a remarkable player that doesn’t seem to miss any games or training.”

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