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24 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted how proud he is to be receiving an honorary degree from the University of Sussex this afternoon, alongside numerous students being recognised for their academic achievements.

The 60-year-old led the Seagulls back into the top flight of English football after a 34-year absence, and his contribution towards the football club and community over the past four years will be celebrated.

He passionately said, “For somebody that has studied before and knows what all the students have gone through to get theirs, it’s something I’m incredibly proud of.

“I’ve been here for four years and it’s been four years that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed being in the area and playing a part in the club’s history.

“Studying is never easy. When I left school, I did a four-year apprenticeship as an engineer and probably wasn’t a natural studier.

“I would have been a fairly average student, but that will probably be the same as a lot of others who will be there on Thursday.

“Some have found it easier than others, and some of them would have needed to work twice as hard to achieve good results.

“To be part of that group of young people who have had to go through what they have over the last three or four years, it’s something that feels very gratifying.”

Hughton reflected on his journey into the professional game, which came alongside his studies away from the pitch, before showing his understanding towards the value of academic success.

“I had a rejection very early in my life at 16 years of age. I’d been training at Tottenham for three years and they didn’t feel I was at the level to be rewarded with a deal.

“I stayed on as an amateur, and then once I finished my apprenticeship after four years, I signed full-time and fortunately for me I got straight into the team at Tottenham.

“I do appreciate what the students have all gone through and of course I’ve got children that have been through exactly the same, so I know what the moment will mean for them.”

The Albion boss also touched on the importance of education for the club’s youngsters, who are looking to forge a career in the game, as they provide themselves with various options going forward.

“We have such a good academy and the educational department is something we see as very important.

“If you look at the percentage that are going to make it, particularly at the top level, it’s a very small percentage.

“A lot of these young players are now far more conscious of that, and that’s why we heap great praise on the educational department and the job they do.”

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