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BARBER'S PATIENCE OVER SUMMER SIGNINGS

25 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's chief executive Paul Barber.

Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber highlighted the importance of remaining patient throughout a busy summer of transfer negotiations, as the Seagulls take shape for their first season in the Premier League.

German midfielder Pascal Gross was the first summer signing to join Chris Hughton’s promotion-winning squad, followed by goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, and Barber commented on the vast amount of work being done to further supplement the team.

He said, “We’re in a constant cycle of selling the club and making sure we represent the club and city in the best possible way. There’s a huge team that get us to the point of signing a player.

“It takes time - people have to be patient. We would love to get all of our business done as early as possible, but for many reasons it’s just not possible sometimes.

“It’s not always easy to get people to where you need them to be at the time you need them to be there. They don’t always move at your pace, sometimes you have to move at theirs.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but it’s ongoing and we’re making good progress.”

After years of working at the top level in English football, Barber understands the factors involved when looking to recruit a player, and he assured the club’s supporters that plenty of work is taking place behind the scenes.

“With the nature of the transfer window these days, the players usually have many options, so they will want to wait and hear about all of them.

“The selling clubs will inevitably have options of their own, so they’ll want to hear all of those offers too. On top of that, we’ve got competition for every single one of our targets and also players looking to take a break.

“We try and get our business done as privately and confidentially as possible, mainly to not alert competitors to players that we’re targeting - just because that’s the professional way to conduct transfer business.

“There will be times where it looks there isn’t much happening - from the outside looking in - but I can assure you that there is a huge amount happening, which we can’t always talk about.”


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