Brighton booked their ticket to the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday after they beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium in what is shaping up to be another good season for the south coast club.
They currently sit 13th in the Premier League table following a 2017/18 campaign where they never looked like being in any real danger of dropping back down to the Championship.
And much of that has been down to Chris Hughton, who might just be the most underrated manager in English football’s top division right now.
Working with not the largest of budgets and a squad that is probably inferior to most in the Premier League, Hughton still managed to get so much out of his players on their way to securing safety last season — a feat they are likely to accomplish again this term.
With the 60-year-old in the Amex dugout, the Seagulls have found amazing balance, something most recent promoted teams struggle with.
At home, in particular, Brighton are a sturdy and solid side who have become hard to breakdown without compromising on their attacking threat with players such as Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert ensuring they are still a dangerous team when going forward.
In contrast, the likes of Huddersfield Town and Fulham to name a couple, have failed to find that equilibrium between attack and defence even despite the latter having splashed the cash over the summer, putting some perspective to how good of a job Hughton has done at Brighton.
A lot of positive stuff is often said about Bournemouth and Eddie Howe and Burnley and Sean Dyche when it comes to the discussion of British and Irish managers, yet not much about Hughton, who certainly deserves to be in the conservation as a bare minimum.
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