'Brighton & Hove Albion Prepared For Premier League Football' Says Manager Chris Hughton

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

Brighton and Hove Albion were promoted to the Premier League as goals from Glenn Murray and Solly March secured a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic in the Championship on Monday. There were more scenes of celebration in the players' lounge later in the evening. "He's a local man and has invested an incredible amount of money in this football club", the 58-year-old said after the match.

"This is not the first step, because we've had many steps to get to this position". It's so well-deserved. Chris has been here for two and a half seasons and done a magnificent job. Even the biggest clubs in the world have bad seasons.

Barrow was particularly disappointed by the manner in which Wigan conceded the first goal, saying: "We let in a really poor goal. He did that. It wasn't pretty or easy", he added. "It's thoroughly deserved. Things are magnificent".

Monday's joy was all the more welcome given Bloom had experienced several near misses, none more so than last season when they lost out in heartbreaking fashion on the second and last automatic promotion place on goal difference. "We recruited well early in the season, in the summer, but it was a real steely determination from the group of players that wanted to do it again". "That's a good start".

"Obviously there's got to be a bit of balance with loyalty for the squad that have got us here, been so magnificent over not just this season but last as well, but obviously with one or two key reinforcements". Bloom's biggest score came in 2011 after finishing runner-up at the A$100,500 Aussie Millions Poker Championship for A$975,000 ($964,296), and a year ago, "The Lizard" also entered the $1 million buy-in Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza.

"I expected us to be right up there challenging, and if you said to me at some stage we'd be top of the division, I would have thought we'd have developed well and learned a lot from last season".

"It's very hard to talk in a way that I would like to talk because of course mathematically we're not over the line yet, but I'm well aware that it would take a hell of a turnaround not to happen". "This is their reward".

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