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Why Brighton is the best-run club in the world




Brighton & Hove Albion, or simply Brighton, is a Premier League club that has defied the odds and expectations of many pundits and fans.


Despite having one of the lowest budgets and wage bills in the league, Brighton has managed to establish itself as a stable and competitive top-flight team, finishing sixth in the 2022–23 season and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League for the first time in its history. How did Brighton achieve this remarkable feat? In this article, we will explain why Brighton is the best-run club in the world.


Tony Bloom: The visionary owner and chairman

One of the key figures behind Brighton’s success is Tony Bloom, the club’s owner and chairman since 2009. Bloom, a lifelong Brighton fan and former player, has invested over £300 million of his own money into the club, building a state-of-the-art stadium, training ground, and academy.


He has also appointed smart and progressive people to run the club, such as Paul Barber (chief executive), Dan Ashworth (technical director), and Roberto De Zerbi (head coach). Bloom has given them the freedom and support to implement their ideas and strategies while ensuring financial sustainability and stability.


Bloom’s vision for Brighton was to create a club that could compete at the highest level without compromising its values or identity.


Smart Recruitment and Development of Players

Brighton’s success has also been boosted by the club’s efforts in player recruitment and development.


Yves Bissouma (from Lille), Leandro Trossard (from Genk), and Moises Caicedo (from Independiente del Valle) are just a few examples of the talented discounted players from different markets who Brighton’s outstanding scouting network has spotted.


The team also has a distinct philosophy and identity that directs player acquisition, looking for individuals who complement the team’s culture, ideals, and way of playing.


Brighton also boasts a robust academy, which produces quality local players like Ben White, Tariq Lamptey, and Steven Alzate. To improve its performance and decision-making, the club also invests in data analysis and sports science.


Brighton’s strategy for player recruitment and development has yielded impressive results. The team that the club has put together is well-balanced, adaptable, and cohesive. The club has profited over $350 million over the last few years.


The club has also made some smart deals that have brought in large profits, such as the transfer of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea for £60 million and White to Arsenal for £50 million. One of Brighton’s biggest advantages is its reputation for discovering gems in the transfer market and developing them into stars.


Culture and Ethos

Finally, the club’s spirit and culture have contributed to Brighton’s success. Brighton is a club that respects community, diversity, and inclusiveness.


The club has been an outspoken advocate for a number of social concerns, including LGBTQ+ rights, environmental sustainability, anti-racism, and mental health awareness. The team shares a close relationship with its supporters, who have remained devoted and loyal no matter what. “Together” is the club’s motto, which captures its spirit and sense of community.


Players, staff, and supporters all thrive in a welcoming environment that Brighton’s culture and ethos have fostered. The club’s tale of overcoming hardship and succeeding despite all difficulties has motivated many individuals.


Wrapping up


Brighton is the best-run club in the world because it has a visionary owner, a competent management team, an intelligent recruitment policy, a clear philosophy, and a positive culture.


The club has shown that it can compete at the highest level without spending beyond its means or compromising its values. Brighton is an inspiration and a model for other clubs to follow.

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