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08:11 21st April 2017
by Kieran Cleeves
Albion's manager will be heading back to Norwich for the first time since leaving the club.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces when he returns to Carrow Road for the first time this evening, following his departure from Norwich City in 2014.
The Seagulls can secure the Championship title with victory over Hughton’s former employers, and the Albion boss is pleased to be returning after sealing promotion to the Premier League on Monday.
He said, “I’m looking forward to it, irrespective of anything. You work with a lot of people at a club and have a lot of friends, so it's nice to go back in the position we're in.
“We had a wonderful result against Norwich earlier in the season and I can honestly say it didn't matter to me that it was Norwich, it was just a very good performance.
“Ultimately, people make decisions and I don't think they are personal, they are just decisions that people have to make at a given time.
“I'm in the decision-making business and I have to make them day in, day out. So the best way is to just get on with it and not look back.”
Albion recorded their biggest victory of the season when the Canaries visited the Amex in October, as Glenn Murray scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win, and Hughton believes tonight’s opponents have many reasons to feel motivated.
“It would be motivation for them that their season hasn't turned out as they would have liked, and by all accounts they’ll also have a new manager next season.
“They’re all playing for what they normally play for - pride. They’ll have a new manager coming in, so they’ll want to make a point against a very good team and want to win.
“They’ve shown so many good signs in the last few games, a massive result last time and a win away at Preston. I think that makes the game hard.”
With the club’s first-ever season in the Premier League set to begin in August, Hughton discussed the importance of stabilising in England’s top flight over a period of years.
“Some clubs, the likes of West Brom and Stoke, have had that slow process of getting used to it every year and developing as a team. Now they are both solid fixtures in the Premier League.
"They are the blueprint for us and not just us. The exception in our division would probably be Newcastle, with their Premier League history and the size of their stadium.
“But for everybody else, the blueprint has got to be the type of club that’s been in the Championship and are now into their sixth, seventh, eighth year in the Premier League."