Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says the responsibility of leading the club is one he relishes.
The Seagulls head to the Emirates Stadium this afternoon in the final away game of their second season in England’s top-flight, and the boss spoke about his role as manager ahead of today’s game with the Gunners.
He said, “I’m not feeling any more nervous or anxious than normal – the job that I do is a pressurised one, that doesn’t change at any point in the season.
“I’d of course like us to be in a better league position, but I’m going through all of the emotions that would be no different to any other manager of a club in our position.
“What I also have to be is calm and lead from the front, I have to be able to make decisions – as many good ones as possible, while staying focused.
“In a time like this where it can be difficult, my mentality has to be to work harder, show a bigger front and keep thinking the situation is in our hands – it’s the pressures that comes with the job.”
Hughton went on to reflect on the campaign as a whole, citing the season as one which has had both good and bad periods with two contests left to play.
“The story of our season so far has probably been about momentum and periods of progress and tough spells,” he continued.
“It’s been a bit of an up and down season, and you could argue that the spell which saw us pick up our best results of the campaign probably wasn’t at a time where we were playing our best football.
“But that’s another mark of how tough this division is at times; every team has got quality and if we’re not up to the required levels every week it can hurt you.
“If I look at matches where we felt on paper we had more favourable odds for results, we haven’t been able to reach those standards.”
The manager also spoke about the progress of last summer’s signings when he met the media on Friday afternoon, and believes that the best is yet to come.
“I still think that we’ll probably see the best of some of our newer recruits from last summer until next year.
“There will always be certain individuals who will come in and hit the ground running, sometimes you have people who go straight into the side and play a lot.
“You might have people who play in regular positions and you can work through a tough period – when you have other options sometimes it’s difficult.
“That’s about getting the balance between what you feel is your best team at the time, I’m sure there will be more to come from our players next season.”