Burnley’sStephen Ward is one of Brighton’s summer targets

Brighton & Hove Albion managed to stay alive in the English League Championship as the team of Chris Hughtonfinished the season at the 20th position and barely avoided the bottom relegation spots.

The manager of Brighton, Chris Hughton wants to strengthen his team and one of his priorities is to improve the defensive department which has shown a lot of weaknesses and vulnerabilities. In the past season, Brighton conceded 54 goals in 46 matches but Chris Hughton is hoping that his team will show improvements and one of the ways that the manager is attempting to boost the defensive section of his team is by signing players.

One of the players who have entered the radar of Brighton’s Chris Hughton is Stephen Ward.

Stephen Ward has already performed for Brighton as the Irish defender spent a loan with Brighton back in August of 2013 and he made a total of 47 appearances helping Brighton in reaching the play-offs but was eventually defeated in the semifinals after playing against Derby.

Brighton was on the verge of signing a permanent deal with Stephen Ward in 2013 but just when a transfer was about to be completed, everything was stopped as Ward did indeed make a transfer but his transfer was made to Burnley instead of Brighton. Read More

Chris Hughton says that he does not expect an easy match against Blackburn Rovers

Brighton manager Chris Hughton says that he does not expect an easy match against Blackburn Rovers despite the former Premier League outfit being distracted by their commitments in the FA Cup. Blackburn managed to a goalless draw against Liverpool in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

This retains the hope of reaching Wembley this season. The replay will be at Ewood Park and Blackburn are likely to put all their efforts into winning this tie. This is unlikely to result in an easy match forBrighton this week according to Hughton, who has seen his team get only one win in the last five matches.

This poor run of form has all but ended any hopes of reaching the play-offs. Even a victory against Blackburn is unlikely to lift the hopes given that they are already almost 20 points behind the play-off places. It is about pride and prestige from now till the end of the season, as Brighton will also not be distracted by the relegation spots. Hughton also says that Blackburn will also be looking to finish as high as possible even though they do not have any promotion hopes for this season. Hughton came as the replacement for Sami Hyypia at the start of 2014 and he has been able to avoid relegation. Read More

Brighton and Hove Albion beats Brentford

Brighton and Hove Albion’s reward for beating Brentford in the third round of the FA Cup is a match against reigning holders Arsenal in front of their own supporters. This gives Brighton a great opportunity to take a break from the league fixtures and hope to beat a top team.

After coming close to reaching the Premier League in the last few seasons, Brighton are struggling with the threat of relegation this time around. The three consecutive victories in all competitions has definitely improved the mood around the club, but they remain only three points away from the drop zone.

Former Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says that the club are already looking forward to playing against Arsenal in the FA Cup. Before that, he knows that his team will have to beat Ipswich Town in the league. Arsenal appear to be coming into form after regaining a number of players back from injury. Read More

Paul Barber on Financial Outcome notifications

In the first week of December, clubs had to notify the Football League about their financial outcome and results for the 2013-14 season and Bright & Hove Albion has revealed to the football governing authority their compliance to all of the rules and this will allow the Championship League club on not having to face any kind of sanctions or transfer embargoes when the transfer window re-opens in a few weeks’ time in January.

Paul Barber is the Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove Albion and he was one of the first staff members of the club to officially announce to the public that the club has complied with all of regulations of the Financial Fair Play system.

“While this won’t come as a big surprise to our supporters, we are pleased to confirm that we have complied with the League’s current FFP regulations.This means that the club will not face the sanction of a transfer embargo in January 2015.” Paul Barber told the media.

Clubs that aren’t able to properly follow the guidelines and regulations of the Financial Fair Play structure and exceed losses of £13 million will have to deal with a string of consequences that includes fines, sanctions and transfer embargoes.

The supporters of Brighton & Hove Albion are happy to hear this news and will also be anxious to find out which clubs in the Championship club weren’t able to comply with the restrictions as this will give the team of Sami Hyypia an advantage during the January transfer window which is only a few weeks away from opening as this allows Bright & Hove Albion and the other clubs that did manage to stay in the desired financial range to have a bit more of freedom when the time comes to sell or buy players.