Date: 1st June 2017 at 10:04am
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Brighton Chairman Tony Bloom has said that cool heads will rule the roost during our maiden Premier League campaign in 2017/18.

Speaking to the Brighton & Hove Independent Bloom explained that clearly making the step up Brighton will have periods of struggle where results go against us but he promised nobody in the club would make any knee jerk reactions when those moments come.

Returning to the top flight via the automatic spots after a 34 year absence, Bloom praised the job that manager Chris Hughton had done over the past two and a half years since he came into the club but he was keenly aware that clubs who stick with a manager when you’ve gained promotion tend to fare better than those who chop and change.

‘We all know the Premier League is a completely different league to the Championship and we`re all aware that we may go five, six, seven games without winning. The key is for us as a club to remain calm, remain cool and not make any knee-jerk reactions. Chris is our manager, he`s an outstanding manager and hopefully he`ll be with us for many years to come.’

Being a boyhood fan as well as owner puts him in a unique position as he knows he cannot be ruled by instant after match reactions like most fans can be guilty of – it’s their right.

‘It is very special being the owner and being the chairman of the club you`ve supported for 40 years. When I`m watching the games, I have all the enthusiasm and emotions of a fan. Outside of that, I have a big responsibility to make sure we always make the best decisions on behalf of the football club, so I make sure there`s a distinction between those two things.’

A distinction he admitted was difficult immediately after games, as well as during transfer windows when you decide how far to push without overly risking the long term financial status of the club.

‘It can be hard because you always want the best for your club – on one hand you see some very special players you potentially could get if you push the boat out financially. And, as fans, we sometimes want to but then you`ve got to take a step back and do what`s right for the club, in not just the short team but in terms of the long-term interests of the football club. I`m very good at evaluating our chances and how much that increases or decreases whether players get sold or come in and you`ve got to balance that up.’

Reflecting on promotion having been Chairman for the last eight years, it was clearly a dream come true.

‘All the emotions came together and it was our moment where we`d finally made it to the Premier League. It`s been 34 years since we`ve been in the top division, so I just lost myself for a few minutes and looking back it`s quite funny but it was just the emotion of the occasion. It was a big one because we`d finally done it. I`ve been chairman for eight years, when I took over we were at the bottom of League One and it`s been a lot of effort and a lot of hard work by so many people to get to this position. The eight years I have been chairman have been superb. There have been many, many ups, the odd down and the odd low moment as well but overall it`s been sensational.’

Adding.

‘The great thing is we`re going to the Premier League with a top quality stadium, top-class training facilities, an academy which is at the same place as the training ground and we`ve got some very good young kids coming through. Everything has come together at the right moment and it was key to us this season to go up because there was no way we would keep some of our top players next season in the Championship. The Championship is only going to get tougher and tougher as some billionaire owners come in. It was absolutely critical that we did it this season and I`m so delighted for everyone that we did.’

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