The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO -

WE’VE all been in foot­ball long enough to know that a vote of con­fi­dence doesn’t mean very much.

So while Brighton boss Sami Hyypia is safe for now, I doubt even chair­man Tony Bloom would be will­ing to swal­low another string of de­feats.

As an ex-player, I watch Brighton reg­u­larly. And even though they’ve won only once in 16 games, I’ve al­ways been hope­ful of a turn­around. Now, for the first time, I’m gen­uinely wor­ried about rel­e­ga­tion.

There are no lead­ers in the team. That’s why they keep throw­ing leads away. The goals they’re con­ced­ing are weak. There’s no de­sire to put bod­ies on the line. Set-pieces are uni­formly atro­cious.

In in­ter­views, Sami tends to re­peat him­self. After the Rother­ham game, he even said, “You may as well play a record­ing of my in­ter­view after Mid­dles­brough be­cause we’re mak­ing the same mis­takes”.

Yes, Brighton lost qual­ity play­ers this sum­mer. But they sim­ply have not in­vested in top qual­ity re­place­ments. In fact, most of the sign­ings they have made don’t even start, leav­ing the first-team full of loa­nees.

It’s very wor­ry­ing and I doubt the board will want to give a strug­gling man­ager more money to spend in Jan­uary. This is a mas­sive few weeks for Sami – and he knows it.

REPET­I­TIVE: Sami Hyypia

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