Hughton expresses shock at honorary degree
Brighton manager Chris Hughton says he was shocked to learn he is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Sussex.
The Albion chief will be recognised on Thursday after being selected for the honorary degree to mark his achievements in the game.
The former Birmingham, Newcastle and Norwich boss, who has been in charge on the south coast since 2014, led the club to the Premier League in 2017 and then kept them up last season in their first campaign in the top flight for 34 years.
The Seagulls boss, who is also one of only five black and minority ethnic managers among the 92 Premier League and EFL clubs, admits he was taken aback when told he was to be awarded the degree.
He said on the club's website: "It’s a huge honour and something I certainly didn’t expect. To do what we have done over the past four years with Brighton and to be honoured for that is something that is hugely humbling."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.