Chris Hughton has warned Brighton’s Premier League promotion heroes to ‘get used to losing’.
Brighton boss Hughton returns to old club Norwich tonight for the first time since being sacked three years ago knowing a win will seal the Championship title for the Seagulls.
The south coast side have racked up 92 points during their rise to the top-flight but Hughton knows it will be a lot more difficult next season.
Hughton said: “The difference is that you are a team that has got to get used to losing more games than winning.
“That’s a completely different mind-set to the seasons before. That’s absolutely not being negative, that’s just fact.
“You only need to speak even to teams like Bournemouth and Burnley that have gone into the Premier League, stayed and done well.
“The way you manage has to change slightly. You have to adapt. It is about picking players up, accepting you cannot win the majority of the games like you have done the season before.
“It’s just a different way of managing. There aren’t as many midweek games, so certainly your preparation times can more often be greater.
“With all due respect to the Championship, the profile of the games are bigger, so there are lots of things to get used to. But they are all positive things.”
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Hughton was fired by Norwich in April 2014 despite leading them to a mid-table Premier League finish the previous season but insists there are no hard feelings ahead of his Carrow Road homecoming.
He said: “I am looking forward to going back. Ultimately people make decisions and I generally don’t think they are personal.
“I have to make tough decisions day in, day out, week in, week out so the best way is just to get on with it and never look back. It’s certainly nice to go back there in the position we are in.
“We had a wonderful result against Norwich earlier in the season when we won 5-0. I was asked then and I can honestly say it didn’t matter to me that it was Norwich, it was another result.”