Withdean manager admits to shocking singing ability and admiration for Liverpool’s new hero.
Brighton has gained promotion from League One at your first attempt. Did you expect your first full season in management to be so successful?
You need to be positive. You try to believe in what you do. We finished last season very well, and gained plenty of points, so the idea was to continue of course. The main problem was consistency and we achieved it, so I’m delighted. The problem now is what is coming next. When you win the league, to maintain that standard is quite difficult. But it’s a good challenge and I’m looking forward to the Championship.
If you were going to sing a song at karaoke what would it be?
Well I’m quite poor. I can tell you the song I sang when I arrived at Chelsea that they made me sing. It was “Uno, Dos, Tres, un pasito pa’delante Maria” [a song by Ricky Martin], that is a Spanish song. I think it’s a summer song and I repeated that for about 15 minutes and got destroyed by the Chelsea players. So it wasn’t a great experience.
What do you make of the impact Luis Suarez made since joining Liverpool?
Well, I’m pleased. I’m so happy – I’m the happiest person in England, really, because I am convinced about players from Uruguay, with the mentality we have got, and the mentality that we bring to any club. One player from Uruguay is very important for any English team and I try to convince so many of my fellow countrymen to come to play in England. But sometimes it’s easier for a Uruguayan to go to Spain or Italy where they find it a little bit easier because of the language and the summer weather and things, but I’m pleased that he made that decision and I’m sure he will be even better when he gets used to the culture of Liverpool Football Club.
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