Terry Pierce - Seagulls flying towards promotion

02 November 2010 09:18

In many walks of life, timing is everything and one Football League club appears to have timed a great start to the season perfectly.

After more than a decade without a home to call their own, Brighton are looking forward to finally putting down permanent roots again when their stunning new home at Falmer is complete next summer.

And - after a blistering start to the campaign - they look as if they could be a Championship club again by the time they cut the ribbon at their new home.

There is no doubt the 22,500-seater American Express Community Stadium is a stunning new development - a unique and eye-catching design that bucks the trend of the identikit fashion of the last decade. And Seagulls boss Gus Poyet has now managed to make the club eye-catching on the pitch as well.

The Sussex side are now eight points clear at the summit of League One - a margin even more outstanding in a division so tight that only seven points separates second-placed Huddersfield and the relegation zone.

Former Uruguayan international Poyet is building quite a reputation for himself and celebrates a year in charge at the soon-defunct Withdean Stadium next week.

When he took over, the club were languishing towards the bottom of the third tier but he guided them to safety before quietly building an experienced and talented League One side over the summer.

Scottish defender Gordon Greer moved from Swindon to add some steel to Albion's back-line and they also managed to keep hold of talented full-back Inigo Calderon, but their squad really began to look complete when Kazenga Lua Lua rejoined on loan from Newcastle.

The winger looked excellent during his short stay in Sussex last season and Poyet struggled all summer to re-sign the Congolese youngster.Poyet finally got his man, and he has quickly set about impressing again with some spectacular strikes as his new side have stormed into an early lead in the promotion race.

There is no doubt Poyet is a promising young manager and, with the backing of local poker pro and property developer Tony Bloom, he's been able to build a talented and determined League One team.

And with a brand spanking new home to move into at the end of the season, the Seagulls look like soaring high once again.

Physio Pitman just the remedy

In other news, physio-come-managers are all the rage in the Football League, with first Nigel Adkins and then Les Parry enjoying relative success after swapping the magic sponge for the tactics board.

And now there's a new kid on the block - 34-year-old Jamie Pitman.

Pitman took over at Hereford when the Bulls were rock bottom of the Football League with just one win from their opening ten league games. Since then, the rookie has guided his side to eight points in four games, including Saturday's emphatic 5-0 win at improving Stockport.

It doesn't look like Pitman will be back in the treatment room any time soon.

Don't forget you can follow Terry on Twitter - @telpierce

Source: DSG

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