Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes the success he’s enjoyed during his time on the south coast with the Seagulls is down to a number of factors throughout the football club.
The boss will have been at the helm for four years on Monday 31st December- the longest spell at a club during his managerial career so far, and he insisted the feat would not have been possible without the support of everyone at the Albion.
He said, “What we’ve done here during my time is to achieve our ambition of reaching the Premier League – but you can’t fulfil any ambition without having the right things in place throughout the football club.
“I have great support from an owner and a chairman, as well as the board and the recruitment department and staff around me – you need all of those to be successful.
“In this day and age four years as a manager is not so common, you only have to look at where we’re plying our trade at the moment to see why it is so difficult.
“But if you have those things then you have a good starting position – I still think we’re in a culture where managers lose their jobs far too easily and readily, but the dynamics of football clubs and ownership have changed, and I don’t see it reverting back to how it was.”
Next on the agenda for Hughton and the side is the contest with Everton on the south coast tomorrow, and the manager emphasised the tough nature of the task which awaits his men on Saturday afternoon.
“You have to know their [Everton’s] strengths – they’re a very good footballing team who are at full strength in terms of who they have available.
“We have to prepare for an exciting and offensive team who can score goals – they played very well against us in November and that must be on our minds as well.
“They’re right up there in terms of being close to the top six sides in the league – they’re one of a few teams who are capable of breaking into that bracket. The players they’ve brought in during the summer reflect that and at their best they’ve shown recently the capabilities they have.”
Goalkeeper Maty Ryan will be absent for the contest against the Toffees due to his involvement with Australia in next month’s 2019 Asian Cup, meaning either David Button or Jason Steele are set to step into the side.
“The decision on who gets the nod in goal in Maty’s [Ryan] absence is mine, Ben Roberts has very good contact with myself and there’s nothing that happens in the goalkeeping department that I don’t know about.
“Every day we [Hughton and Roberts] communicate with one another, and I want to be able to have a tough decision to make – both keepers that we have in that department have worked really hard and pushed Maty onto the level which he’s reached so far this campaign.
“Some players haven’t gone away with their countries but it’s about the relationship you have with the associations. We’ve had very good communication with the Australian FA and the manager [Graham Arnold].
“Some teams have taken their players earlier, we just have to be grateful we had him for Boxing Day. We’ll hope he has a good tournament and then returns fit to the fold.”