Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for August.It was a stellar month for Hughton’s side with 13 points gained from five games.
He has reverted to a 4-4-2 system for this season, but his most telling impact has been in instilling a work ethic and team spirit that has his players playing as one again.
Hughton said: “I think it speaks volumes for what the players have achieved after a good pre-season and we were fortunate that we didn’t have any injuries in August.
“The players have been excellent and worked very hard in pre-season. We’ve changed a few things from last year. We’ve looked to play two up front which we felt would give us more opportunities to score goals and get the ball in that final third.
“Anybody in my position would recognise that, although it’s me picking up the award, it’s because of the work that so many have done here. We’ve got excellent coaches and an excellent sport science and medical department.”
George Burley, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: “Chris has worked hard during the summer, building his squad and imposing his own style of play which has taken Brighton to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
“They have had a very productive month finishing it off with a fine win at Portman Road to keep them top."
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Four wins and a draw in the league for Brighton were capped off with a brilliant win away at fellow pace-setters Ipswich Town.
“The strength of character shown by Chris’ team to get the winner after letting a two-goal lead slip stands them in good stead for the rest of the season.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Brighton sit proudly at the top of the Championship after four wins and a draw in the month which included a notable away victory at high flying Ipswich."
The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town boss George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.