Hyypia shrugs off 'culture shock' talk ahead of Albion debut

Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia

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Albion boss Sami Hyypia has shrugged aside claims by his first day rival that he faces a culture shock in the Championship.

The former Liverpool defender insists he is ready for the challenges of the second tier in England following his spell at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

Stuart Gray, manager of today’s Amex opponents Sheffield Wednesday, said the Championship “will surprise” Hyypia “given the intensity and the quality of the opposition and the number of games that are played”.

Hyypia gave Gray’s remarks short shrift ahead of his managerial debut in English football.

The towering Finn told The Argus: “I usually don’t care what anyone says. I know it will be intense. Last season (at Leverkusen) we had a lot of games with the Champions League and everything else.

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“Most weeks we played two games a week. I know how intense it is, you have no time to have a breather.

“You need to analyse the last game and then you prepare the game after that already. It’s a hectic time.

“For the last two years I have been into these kind of periods.

“I know as well that good results make these periods easier. You don’t have so much stress when things are running well.

“But I’ve gone through the period as well when it is not going well. I think that helps me to also cope with the situation here.”

Hyypia has not paid much attention to what has been going on elsewhere in the Championship among Albion’s 23 rivals.

He said: “We have analysed Sheffield, where we have to be strong defensively and what things we can do offensively to hurt them. But now in the preparation I have concentrated only on what we are doing.

“I couldn’t say which team has bought which players and which team will be strong this season. That doesn’t really interest me, because I think the main thing is we have to concentrate on what we can control and we can control only our own performances.

“We don’t have to look at what other people are doing.

“Obviously we analyse the next opposition but we don’t have to do anything else, just concentrate on the next game and do everything we can to win it.”

Hyypia refuses to set his side any targets beyond focusing match-by-match following the top six finishes achieved by his predecessors Gus Poyet and Oscar Garcia in the last two seasons.

He said: “My ambition is to win every game. I don’t think a lot about where we are in the table.

“The next game is the most important you have and you only concentrate on that.

“I don’t want to put any targets that we have to be in the top six or top two or whatever.

“I want the team to have the kind of mentality that we go into every game with a game plan and try to win every game we play, then somebody will count the points in May and say which position we will end up in.”

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12:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

Well maybe Calyton wants a little seaside culture, the Sports Mole site seems to think so.
Well maybe Calyton wants a little seaside culture, the Sports Mole site seems to think so. VegasSeagull
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12:12pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Hugothepug says...

Been following this story with interest Vegas - Mr Naylor might be right after all on this particular target. Could be a sign of our intent and also show other perspective purchases that the Amex is the place to be.
Been following this story with interest Vegas - Mr Naylor might be right after all on this particular target. Could be a sign of our intent and also show other perspective purchases that the Amex is the place to be. Hugothepug
  • Score: 1

12:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

Hugothepug wrote:
Been following this story with interest Vegas - Mr Naylor might be right after all on this particular target. Could be a sign of our intent and also show other perspective purchases that the Amex is the place to be.
yep and yep to the two points you suggest.

If the article is correct, it seems that the lad found out late that we wanted him, I could be wrong. 'Once he found out.'
[quote][p][bold]Hugothepug[/bold] wrote: Been following this story with interest Vegas - Mr Naylor might be right after all on this particular target. Could be a sign of our intent and also show other perspective purchases that the Amex is the place to be.[/p][/quote]yep and yep to the two points you suggest. If the article is correct, it seems that the lad found out late that we wanted him, I could be wrong. 'Once he found out.' VegasSeagull
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12:16pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Hugothepug wrote:
Been following this story with interest Vegas - Mr Naylor might be right after all on this particular target. Could be a sign of our intent and also show other perspective purchases that the Amex is the place to be.
Yes indeed. But don't expect an Andy Naylor story about it until it after he signs!!

UTA!!
[quote][p][bold]Hugothepug[/bold] wrote: Been following this story with interest Vegas - Mr Naylor might be right after all on this particular target. Could be a sign of our intent and also show other perspective purchases that the Amex is the place to be.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed. But don't expect an Andy Naylor story about it until it after he signs!! UTA!! Singing Seagull, Indonesia
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12:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

SUSSEXRAM PREDICTS ...

Albion 1 Sheff Wed 1
SUSSEXRAM PREDICTS ... Albion 1 Sheff Wed 1 sussexram40
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12:30pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

It appears that this lasted twist in the Clayton deal eminated from the Mirror and Sports Mole have run with it. Best just wait and see me thinks.
It appears that this lasted twist in the Clayton deal eminated from the Mirror and Sports Mole have run with it. Best just wait and see me thinks. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

12:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
It appears that this lasted twist in the Clayton deal eminated from the Mirror and Sports Mole have run with it. Best just wait and see me thinks.
latest
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: It appears that this lasted twist in the Clayton deal eminated from the Mirror and Sports Mole have run with it. Best just wait and see me thinks.[/p][/quote]latest VegasSeagull
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12:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

Good luck Albion today---lets get off to a cracking start and with headlines an hour ago like this lets hope things are starting to go Albions way??

Adam Clayton prefers Brighton & Hove Albion to Middlesbrough?

Filed: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:37 UK
Last Updated: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:40 UK

Huddersfield Town midfielder Adam Clayton has reportedly called off his proposed switch to Middlesbrough
Good luck Albion today---lets get off to a cracking start and with headlines an hour ago like this lets hope things are starting to go Albions way?? Adam Clayton prefers Brighton & Hove Albion to Middlesbrough? Filed: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:37 UK Last Updated: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:40 UK Huddersfield Town midfielder Adam Clayton has reportedly called off his proposed switch to Middlesbrough mikeygit
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12:49pm Sat 9 Aug 14

gilbertthecat says...

Singing Seagull, Indonesia wrote:
Hugothepug wrote:
Been following this story with interest Vegas - Mr Naylor might be right after all on this particular target. Could be a sign of our intent and also show other perspective purchases that the Amex is the place to be.
Yes indeed. But don't expect an Andy Naylor story about it until it after he signs!!

UTA!!
Bet he does though as he can just rehash what he's found elsewhere - oh wait, that's how it works anyway! Seriously thoug, it's his job to report what's in the news elsewhere, not really any different to one of us finding it and and being the first to make a comment on here - I didn't know it until Vegas wrote it and I'm glad of any news, although I admit the raw speculation about three signings last week was just ridiculous!

Anyway, just about to pull on the stripes and head for the field of dreams. Anyone know what the guest pie and beer are? ;-))
[quote][p][bold]Singing Seagull, Indonesia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hugothepug[/bold] wrote: Been following this story with interest Vegas - Mr Naylor might be right after all on this particular target. Could be a sign of our intent and also show other perspective purchases that the Amex is the place to be.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed. But don't expect an Andy Naylor story about it until it after he signs!! UTA!![/p][/quote]Bet he does though as he can just rehash what he's found elsewhere - oh wait, that's how it works anyway! Seriously thoug, it's his job to report what's in the news elsewhere, not really any different to one of us finding it and and being the first to make a comment on here - I didn't know it until Vegas wrote it and I'm glad of any news, although I admit the raw speculation about three signings last week was just ridiculous! Anyway, just about to pull on the stripes and head for the field of dreams. Anyone know what the guest pie and beer are? ;-)) gilbertthecat
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12:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Aldrington Halt says...

Give the guy a break, a tougher league maybe but he's got time to sort it out and keep the team believing! I'm hoping that when the **** inevitably hits the fan that he'll have a more animated and pro-active approach than Oscar who mid season seemed to switch off when some character was needed.. Good news on Clayton fingers crossed he's coming and can't wait to who the signings are before the month is out !! Bloomin' marvellous BHA!!
Give the guy a break, a tougher league maybe but he's got time to sort it out and keep the team believing! I'm hoping that when the **** inevitably hits the fan that he'll have a more animated and pro-active approach than Oscar who mid season seemed to switch off when some character was needed.. Good news on Clayton fingers crossed he's coming and can't wait to who the signings are before the month is out !! Bloomin' marvellous BHA!! Aldrington Halt
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12:56pm Sat 9 Aug 14

AlanDuffy says...

mikeygit wrote:
Good luck Albion today---lets get off to a cracking start and with headlines an hour ago like this lets hope things are starting to go Albions way??

Adam Clayton prefers Brighton & Hove Albion to Middlesbrough?

Filed: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:37 UK
Last Updated: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:40 UK

Huddersfield Town midfielder Adam Clayton has reportedly called off his proposed switch to Middlesbrough
Hope he's good after all this :-)
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Good luck Albion today---lets get off to a cracking start and with headlines an hour ago like this lets hope things are starting to go Albions way?? Adam Clayton prefers Brighton & Hove Albion to Middlesbrough? Filed: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:37 UK Last Updated: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:40 UK Huddersfield Town midfielder Adam Clayton has reportedly called off his proposed switch to Middlesbrough[/p][/quote]Hope he's good after all this :-) AlanDuffy
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1:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Conelli98 says...

Told u to bet on Clayton!
Told u to bet on Clayton! Conelli98
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1:36pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

There is something about this Clayton situation that seems odd to me. The deal for him to go to Boro was proceeding but then the player stops it, stating that he would rather join Brighton. If the lad wanted to come to us rather than Boro, why did the negtiations get as far as they did for him to join Boro? If he didn't want to go there surel;y talks would have stalled from day one of their offer.

Naylor named this lad in his, 'trio,' I am now wondering if we have even made an offer at the time Naylor put out his article. Clayton is reported to have said that, once he knew we were after him he wanted to sign for us, so did he only find out in the last few days?

This is all rather odd.
There is something about this Clayton situation that seems odd to me. The deal for him to go to Boro was proceeding but then the player stops it, stating that he would rather join Brighton. If the lad wanted to come to us rather than Boro, why did the negtiations get as far as they did for him to join Boro? If he didn't want to go there surel;y talks would have stalled from day one of their offer. Naylor named this lad in his, 'trio,' I am now wondering if we have even made an offer at the time Naylor put out his article. Clayton is reported to have said that, once he knew we were after him he wanted to sign for us, so did he only find out in the last few days? This is all rather odd. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

1:41pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Conelli98 says...

No bloody scratch cards! X
No bloody scratch cards! X Conelli98
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1:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

Vegas---agree the Clayton saga is odd. It has dragged on for too long for it to be straightforward to M Boro. Searched other sites just now and no other info currently available--not even in their local ´rag´so we shall have to wait till next week and concentrate for now on todays match UTA UTA
Vegas---agree the Clayton saga is odd. It has dragged on for too long for it to be straightforward to M Boro. Searched other sites just now and no other info currently available--not even in their local ´rag´so we shall have to wait till next week and concentrate for now on todays match UTA UTA mikeygit
  • Score: 1

2:02pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

mikeygit wrote:
Vegas---agree the Clayton saga is odd. It has dragged on for too long for it to be straightforward to M Boro. Searched other sites just now and no other info currently available--not even in their local ´rag´so we shall have to wait till next week and concentrate for now on todays match UTA UTA
yep, just wait until the dust settles.

With regards to today's match the team sheet might tell us a little of just how Hyypia plans to get hs team winning matches. It's not so much, 'who,' he chooses to start, but more a case of what type of player they are.
Will we see a more attacking approach or not. One wide player might be seen as a tad cautious, two would suggest the opposite, one up front or two, same thing.
Massive test for Chicksen should the get the nod.
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Vegas---agree the Clayton saga is odd. It has dragged on for too long for it to be straightforward to M Boro. Searched other sites just now and no other info currently available--not even in their local ´rag´so we shall have to wait till next week and concentrate for now on todays match UTA UTA[/p][/quote]yep, just wait until the dust settles. With regards to today's match the team sheet might tell us a little of just how Hyypia plans to get hs team winning matches. It's not so much, 'who,' he chooses to start, but more a case of what type of player they are. Will we see a more attacking approach or not. One wide player might be seen as a tad cautious, two would suggest the opposite, one up front or two, same thing. Massive test for Chicksen should the get the nod. VegasSeagull
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2:27pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Conelli98 says...

2:25pm Sat 9 Aug 14
Conelli98 says...

4.53 Thursday on Stephens thread! Re Clayton...sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don't! This came from same source as Garcia bet!😀
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2:25pm Sat 9 Aug 14 Conelli98 says... 4.53 Thursday on Stephens thread! Re Clayton...sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don't! This came from same source as Garcia bet!😀 Score: 0 Quote Report this post Conelli98
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