Alan Shearer was full of praise for the job Chris Hughton is doing on the south coast when he reflected on Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend.
The win over the north London side moved the Seagulls into tenth position in the top flight, and speaking on Sunday evening on Match of the Day 2, the former England international was keen to highlight the fine job Hughton is doing.
He said, “He’s been absolutely brilliant – I had him at Newcastle United when I was there for the eight games at the end of the 2008/09 season.
“He’s got great enthusiasm and he’s a great coach – obviously the players love playing for him and he’s doing a magnificent job.”
After an unbeaten month in February across all competitions, Albion began March in the best possible fashion with the win over Arsene Wenger’s side – and Shearer emphasised the team's strengths when the studio guests reflected on the contest.
“What he’s done well is getting his team to do the basics.
“He’s got two central defenders who want to go and head the ball, and two central midfielders who want to work hard, dig out chances and pass it.
“They’ve got someone up front who wants to hold up the ball and then run in-behind - they’re the basics but they do them really well.”
Fellow pundit Ruud Gullit was equally complimentary about the job that Hughton had done at the Amex Stadium, discussing the different kind of pressure the Seagulls boss is under in comparison to other managers in the top flight.
“He’s under a different pressure to someone like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal – that’s because the best coaches are in the Premier League and they all want to win something.
“At the top end of the table there are a lot [of teams] who are disappointed at the moment.
“But what he’s done is unbelievable – he keeps it simple and is getting results out of it.”