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HUGHTON BACKS BRITISH COACHES

21 December 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that British coaches will soon be afforded the opportunity to take the reins at England’s biggest clubs.

The Albion boss takes his team to face Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium tomorrow afternoon in the Premier League, and he spoke highly of the jobs being done by British faces within the game.

Hughton met the media on Thursday afternoon and discussed a range of topics with the gathered press from Premier League Productions, Sky Sports, BBC Sussex, TalkSport and more. 

Alex Crook from TalkSport asked the boss for his opinion on British coaches…

“I hope we do see a time when young British managers get the opportunities to manage bigger sides.

“I think there has been a change in the ownership of football clubs which has perhaps changed the dynamics a little bit. But I really hope so because I think there’s some great talent that have been in the game for a while who are British doing really good jobs.

“That will always continue, so I’d like to think and hope that at some stage that people will get that opportunity."

Elliott Cook from Sky Sports then asked the boss for a team news update ahead of the game with the Cherries this weekend… 

“Jose Izquierdo will still be unavailable, as will Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

“Alireza is pretty close, but we’re still at the stage where we have to make sure that we do the right things during the time we have him before he goes away to the Asian Cup.

“I don’t know if he’ll play before he goes away with Iran, but we’d like to be in a position where we have a decision to make.”

Cook then got the boss’s thoughts on the current competitive nature of his squad…

“I want the squad to have competitive depth, I want it to be difficult in every area – not just in attack. We have three number nines and in Jurgen Locadia’s case, he can play as a ten and out wide, these are decisions that I want to have to make, but there’s nobody who’s guaranteed a place.

“Florin [Andone] had a frustrating period with a few injuries and the form of Glenn Murray, so he didn’t play as much as he would have liked. But his contribution in the last few games has been good with his two goals.

“The Burnley game was a tough one and would have been for anyone who’d played, providing that whoever plays in that role is working as hard as they can for the team then I’ll be very happy.”

Faye Carruthers from Premier League Productions got the manager to preview Saturday’s opposition… 

“I saw them against Chelsea on Wednesday evening, they made some changes and they certainly didn’t look like they were struggling then because I thought they were excellent.

“Even right until the end of the game it looked like it would go to penalties, but whoever comes into the side will know the role they have to play for the side because Eddie Howe has them doing very well. 

“They play with a high tempo and a lot of pace – it’s different when you have some injuries in a developing side, but they have a way of playing that always come across to me as well-disciplined, so we’re expecting a difficult game with their attacking threat and quality.” 

The manager also compared his current side’s form with their fortunes at the same stage last season…

“We’re in a better point position than this time last season but it never feels comfortable. 

“Whenever you look ahead to your next game it can be quite daunting in this league with the levels of some sides, but we’re developing side that still has to prepare correctly for every game and make sure we give everything.

“We’re not the type of side that can go into matches and not put in a performance and expect to get a result, but in comparison to last season, I think we’ve been in games more and given most teams a good test, we have to keep those standards up.”

Fans can watch the manager’s full look ahead to Saturday’s game with AFC Bournemouth on Seagulls TV above – and supporters can sign up to the service by clicking here. 


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