Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Brighton on brink of promotion after 2-1 win over Wigan

Brighton on brink of promotion after 2-1 win over Wigan

There was a lot of love for Chris Hughton on Twitter on Monday evening.

Nearly 20 years to the day that they were half-an-hour from slipping out of the Football League entirely, Brighton & Hove Albion have gone and all but secured themselves promotion to the Premier League.

Brighton remain loyal to their promotion-winning squad but need signings to stay in the Premier League, says their chief executive.

'The amounts of money in the Premier League does equalise things a bit, ' said Bloom.

'We'll do things on a gradual basis as we have done.

Among those good players is Anthony Knockaert, the 25-year-old French winger, formerly at Leicester, who was signed in January last year from Standard Liege and was voted this season's Championship's player of the year. But we're not looking to spend huge amounts.

"It would be incredible for us (winning the title), we're one win away and we'll try everything to do it on Friday, and if not Friday, we'll try and do it against Bristol City at home", he said "Some players never get memories like this in their career, so it's wonderful for us". His two previous spells as a Premier League manager both ended in him being sacked, although many felt he was treated extremely harshly by both Newcastle and Norwich.

Knockaert was particularly pleased for the Sussex club's supporters, who flooded the Amex Stadium pitch at the end of the Latics match to celebrate a return to the top flight for the first time since 1983. However, the Seagulls' promotion to the Premier League was something that got me, and I'm sure all of Crystal Palace fans', licking their lips. We were in a bad position when he came in. Everyone is impressed with the job he's done at Brighton.

"We know that we're stepping up a level, we know that competition is even tougher again, so we'll be working with Chris to put together a squad for next season which gives us a chance to compete well in the Premier League".

"We made mistakes and we got paid for it. He did that. It wasn't pretty or easy", he added.

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