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21 November 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Martin Hinshelwood looks on at the Amex Stadium.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion head of youth and manager Martin Hinshelwood highlighted his pleasure to see the club thriving in the Premier League, and praised chairman Tony Bloom for his patient backing.

Hinshelwood managed the Seagulls at the Withdean Stadium but also remembers the days at the Goldstone Ground, and he believes Albion have got the rewards for their structured plan to achieve success.

He said, “I can remember in the First Division at the Goldstone as a player years and years ago, the club had 30,000 fans there on a Tuesday night.

“Unfortunately that went but the people at the football club have worked so hard to get it to where it is now.

“There’s a chairman that loves football and enjoys the game. He’s from Sussex and unfortunately now a lot of people come in from abroad and want success straight away.

“He’s shown that you’ve got to wait for success and you’ve got to put some money into it. He’s been outstanding for the club.”

The 65-year-old has enjoyed watching the Seagulls ply their trade in England’s top flight, and urged supporters to remain realistic as Chris Hughton’s side look to secure a third season in the Premier League.

“It makes me laugh sometimes when I’m driving back from games on a Saturday and you get a phone-in when they’ve lost a game — it’s all doom and gloom.

“Everyone goes out there to do their best. The manager has now got a squad that he feels is good enough and I’m sure he’ll look to improve it further in January.

“Sometimes you’ve got to look at where you are — are we going to win the league? No. Are we going to get into Europe? You never know. Are we going to go down? Well we don’t want to.

“It was a massive shock for Stoke going down at the end of last season, but that’s football and you aren’t guaranteed anything.

“Sometimes you’re going to get beat —  but you’ve got to look at the money some of the clubs are paying now. However, if you get beat by having a go and trying, there’s no complaints in that.”

Hinshelwood also commented on Hughton’s honest management style and believes Albion would benefit from keeping hold of 59-year-old for a prolonged period of time.

“I’ve known Chris for quite a long time, he knows how he wants his team to play, he sets them out in the right manner and he talks about the game very well.

“If they get beat, he doesn’t hide behind things, he’s always honest with the supporters and also the players.

“You don’t see him ranting and raving on the side of the pitch like some of us were, he does it in his own way and hopefully he’ll be here for years to come.”

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