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16 November 2017

Bennett Dean
Micky Adams poses for the cameras at the Withdean Stadium.

Ahead of tomorrow’s Q&A event at the Amex, former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Micky Adams believes it’s important for the club to gradually improve one step at a time, as they look to establish themselves in the Premier League.

Albion chairman Tony Bloom invested heavily in Chris Hughton’s playing squad over the summer, and Adams highlighted the importance of recruiting wisely in England’s top flight, as the Seagulls compete with the league’s big spenders.

He said, “Recruitment in the Premier League is key, because there are only so many world-class players. If you’ve got the money, then you go and buy them.

“But it’s going to be step by step for Brighton. They’ve got to survive in the league this season and I’m sure the chairman will improve the squad in January.

“There’s obviously a lot of money at stake, so it’s important you stay in the league and then look to add further, year by year.

“The more you can put Brighton & Hove Albion on the map, in terms of the global scale, the better it is for everybody.”

Adams has watched a number of Albion’s games this season, and after going through the adjustment phase to begin with, the 56-year-old believes Hughton’s team are now brimming with confidence.

“After the first home game against Manchester City, I was a little bit worried about where goals would come from, but they seem to have addressed that.

“They’re particularly tight at the back, and in the Premier League you’ve got to be. They look a confident unit at this moment in time.

“It was no surprise that they won at Swansea when I last saw them, because they were playing a side without confidence and Brighton had it in abundance.

“If you’re going to win games of football, no matter what level you’re at, you need that confidence in what you’re doing.”

Adams created an excellent team spirit amongst the players when Albion won the Division Three championship in 2001, but looking at this season’s squad in the Premier League, he thinks they’ll also need to show a strong sense of character.

“Team spirit was always top notch, but that will only take you so far. What’s important is that they all get on with each other. They don’t even have to like each other, but they have to respect each other as professionals.

“They have to stay grounded, don’t get carried away when they win games and don’t get too sad when they’re going through the rough patches.

“It will happen, but it’s important that the supporters stay behind Chris [Hughton] and the team, because it’s a long season, believe you me.”

Time is running out for supporters to purchase tickets for tomorrow evening’s Q&A event at the Amex with Adams and Bob Booker. To secure your seats and buy online, click here.

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