“The things that appealed to me about Brighton were several. One, it was such a forward-thinking club - the new training ground, the stadium, the chairman, the chief executive. They are also really forward-thinking, and the club had grown so quickly over the last few years.
“Secondly, it was a new role. The club had never had a technical director before and they brilliantly sold the vision of the club and for the role itself.
“There are a few roles out there in this country and in other countries that are different - not every technical director, sporting director, director of football, whatever title you use, are the same.
“And the bits that they wanted me to come in and do at Brighton were the bits that really appealed to me, so it was a job that really fitted. The owners and the club really fitted too, and I felt it was a good time for me to try and get back into club football.
“Then the final piece of the jigsaw was after meeting Chris [Hughton]. I had known Chris for a number of years, and the two of us go back a long way. I wanted to make sure that he was comfortable with the role and it was a role that he wanted. Once I’d established all those things, it was a no-brainer really.”
"We want to be a sustainable Premier League club. Staying in the Premier League is always the main goal. For most of the clubs outside the top six, there is always a chance you will get relegated at some stage.
"Look at the three that went down last year [Stoke City, Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion].
"I passionately believe in player development, so if we are in a position where our academy has got more international players and some more players in and around the first team squad, that would give me great pleasure as well."