The arrival of a new chairman eight years ago and the investment of around £250 million prompted a resurgence and paved the way for a spanking new home but it could have all been so different for the club nicknamed the Seagulls, now soaring to new heights after plummeting to the depths of despair.
Hughton's side missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference last season, despite accruing 89 points, and rallying the group after the disappointment of defeat in the play-offs counts as another impressive performance. "We've put ourselves in a good position to attempt to do it". "To put together the run they have, at this stage of the season, is incredibly hard, and they deserve every bit of credit", Brighton manager Chris Hughton said. "We'll back Chris as much as necessary to get the squad together for next season".
"I don't necessarily think that was the motivation behind what we've been able to achieve this season", he said. The Premier League is really tough, we know that, and we are going to hopefully have a good season and enjoy being in the Premier League for many years to come. They made up their minds they wanted more of it.
I've seen a fair bit on social media that Brighton are "coming for us" which is lovely, considering we've been waiting for that for four years.
The Italian took over a side seventh in the table, but two wins in 24 matches has left the Blues in danger of relegation. We have to strengthen, that goes without saying.
"We are very lucky we have a very wealthy owner who has set aside money to give us an edge", Barber said in February. The first stage of what he needed to do was get us to stay up [in the Championship]. I went up with Newcastle as a team that just came down, and although we'd lost players, I had a very strong team.
Glenn Murray of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates with Anthony Knockaert after scoring their first goal against Wigan Athletic at The American Express Community Stadium, April 17, 2017.
But Albion have stormed back this term to win 28 of their 43 league games to build a comfortable lead over second-placed Newcastle with three fixtures remaining, from which they need just three points to claim the title.