Chris Hughton believes that winning a place in the Premier League with Brighton would be a bigger achievement than landing the Championship with Newcastle in 2010.
Brighton will be guaranteed automatic promotion if they have a better result at home to Wigan tomorrow than Huddersfield’s at Derby. Huddersfield have to win to stay in contention but, if Brighton take three points, they will effectively be promoted anyway, given that their goal difference is 31 better than the third-placed team, who are the only side who can still deny them a top-two finish.
Hughton, the Brighton manager, said: “It has been similar to the season we had at Newcastle in that we have been in the top two more or less all season.
“I had a very strong team at Newcastle and, in the end, we won comfortably enough, but expectations were high. The expectations were less here going into the season so, as an achievement for this club, it is probably bigger.”
Brighton’s match tomorrow will have finished before Huddersfield kick off but Hughton said there are no plans for the players to watch the game at Pride Park on television.
“Until we have achieved our targets we will be focused only on what we have to do and it is my job to make sure no one is thinking beyond the next game,” he said.
“Right now, we are only thinking about finding a way to beat Wigan and then we have a very tough game at Norwich to come next Friday and we want to win as many points as possible.”
To win promotion at Carrow Road would be a sweet moment for Hughton, who was sacked as Norwich manager in April 2014, but he insists: “It doesn’t matter where it happens,” he said. “If we do it at the Amex on Monday that would be a great place to do it.”