Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Chris Hughton deserves massive credit

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Brighton Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has become the first Seagulls boss to win the Premier League Manager of the month award, claiming the award for his team’s displays in February.

Brighton managed to pick up seven points out of nine in February, which saw the Seagulls return to form after a slightly poor run in the top-flight. I have to admit I have huge admiration for Hughton. The 59-year-old seems to have done a great job in whatever job he has had, without making a fuss about anything.

Brighton close to securing top-flight status

Hughton guided the Seagulls to promotion to the Premier League last season. The team from the south coast are virtually two wins away from securing that top-flight status for next season.

The work Hughton did coaching and with recruitment, both in the Championship and top-flight at Brighton has been excellent. The club went from failed promotion attempts to failed promotion attempts for years.

For the Seagulls to secure their top-flight status this season would be a big achievement for everybody connected with the club. The south coast side are currently in the top-half of the table and seemingly enjoying life in the top-flight.

Hughton comes across a nice guy

Chris Hughton has been in the game a long time, as a player, coach and now a manager. I do not think I have ever heard anybody have anything to say about the former Newcastle boss.

He was treated poorly by the Magpies, let he was dignified in his exit from the club. Hughton comes across as a genuinely nice guy. It is great to see him succeed in a Premier League full of nefarious characters and people you wouldn’t want to share your air with, let alone a dressing room.

His character and personality seem to mean that players want to play for him. I bet he is pretty honest in the dressing room and does not mince his words. However, certain players appreciate that approach.

Hughton showed his class when receiving the reward by sharing the praise, saying: ‘It’s a wonderful achievement for the club and certainly for a group of players that have improved as the season has gone on and knowing that we’ve still got a lot of work to do,’

‘I have wonderful medical staff and coaching staff. We’re thankful to a lot of people but, of course, it’s the players, the players have enjoyed being in this division so far and are desperate to make sure that we stay there.’

People are talking about him managing a bigger club. He seems happy where he is and hopefully, he can help the Seagulls become a Premier League mainstay for years to come.

Brighton has been good for Hughton and he has been extremely good for the club. The clubs hierarchy seem to have their heads screwed on. They are unlikely to make any unfair decisions like some of Hughton’s previous clubs.

Brighton could move one-step closer to safety on Saturday

With the 40-point mark usually the target for Premier League survival, the Seagulls are just two wins away from achieving that mark. A trip to Everton on Saturday, a game they are odds of 11/4 to win, represents a chance for the Seagulls to move one-step closer to secure their Premier League status.

Brighton actually head into the game above the big spending Toffees on goal difference, something that would have seemed very strange at the beginning of the season considering the two clubs resources.

However, the Toffees are in terrible form of late and boss Sam Allardyce is under pressure to get results. He has not managed to turn things around yet. A defeat against the Seagulls could be fatal to his Everton career.

As an Everton fan, if you asked me who I would rather have in charge of the Blues, Allardyce or Chris Hughton? I would go for the Brighton boss. He has shown tremendous managerial acumen to guide Brighton to their current position. I for one hope they survive this season, but only after suffering a defeat at Goodison against the Blues on Saturday!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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