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HUGHTON DELIGHTED WITH TIMING OF PROMOTION

20 May 2017

Albion's manager feels the club got out of the division at the right time.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton expressed his relief at gaining promotion out of the Sky Bet Championship, as he expects England’s second tier to be even tougher next season.

The Seagulls boss believes his team have reached the Premier League at a perfect time, and stressed the importance of his players keeping their nerve during the tougher times next season.

He said, “Week on week you see the quality in the Premier League, but you also have to speak about the quality of the Championship.

“We’re delighted to have got out of it this season, because if anything, it will be even tougher next year with the quality of teams and managers.

“I know, without a doubt, that we’ll have a group of players that will be up for the challenge and looking forward to playing at Premier League level.

“What we need to do is make sure we can hold our own through the difficult periods, and try to make sure we put ourselves in the same position as the likes of Burnley, Bournemouth and Watford.”

Albion fans will watch their team compete in the Premier League for the very first time next season, and Hughton insists their support will be crucial in the club’s battle to remain in England’s top division.

“If we felt we needed them this season, we’ll certainly need them next season because it will be tougher and more of a challenge.

“Certainly for us as coaches and players, it’s something that you very much look forward to, but the supporters will be looking forward to going to some of the best stadiums in the country.”

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