Legendary broadcaster and Brighton & Hove Albion supporter Des Lynam OBE has heaped praise on the job Chris Hughton is doing with the Seagulls in the Premier League.
Albion sit 12th going into Saturday’s match with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Amex Stadium, and the former World Cup and Olympic Games presenter reflected on Hughton's work since arriving at the club in 2014.
He said, “The manager gradually bloods players into the side, but he won’t throw them in very much – he’s an acute guy.
“Everybody’s so impressed with him and he shares a good relationship with the football club, they’re happy with him and he’s very satisfied with the side.
“He’s doing a great job and he keeps his relationship with the players away from other people, that’s smart and he’s doing a first-class job - it’s great to watch them play.”
The Seagulls recorded their first away victory of the campaign last weekend with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park, and Lynam gave a positive assessment towards their second Premier League season.
“They’ve made a healthy start and have played some top teams, they’ve beaten Manchester United and that clearly sticks out.
“There’s been a bit of a change in personnel, but by and large they can still rely on a core group of players that served them so well last season.
“I think they’re going well – the central defensive partnership of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy has been terrific, as well as Maty Ryan, and they’re the three I’d single out.”
The aforementioned Dunk’s strong start to the season was rewarded with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain earlier this month.
Lynam tipped the Seagulls’ academy product to earn his first Three Lions cap in the near future after his first involvement with the national side.
“That news was historic, and I saw him walking round the pitch after they’d beaten Spain – it’s an experience that’ll stand him in great stead.
“He’s such a good player and Gareth Southgate clearly recognised that, so I’d like to see him get his cap now.
“I don’t think that’s too far off either, it depends on injuries to others, but I believe he will play for England one day, perhaps in the next year or so.
“Playing against top players in the Premier League has honed his skills even more and you can see that in his approach to the game now – physically, he’s terrific both in the air and on the ground.”