Brighton and Hove Albion recently welcomed their former defender Nathan Jones as part of the coaching staff. Jones will be part of the coaching setup under manager Garcia, who has recently unveiled as the replacement for Gus Poyet. Despite finishing third in the Championship last season, the Uruguayan manager was sacked after falling out with the board. Garcia will be handed the task of getting the club into the Premier league, which is something Gus Poyet came extremely close to achieving. After returning to the club where he was left back, Jones has said that the younger players of the club think about competing against the first-team regulars.
He has said that competition is an essential part of any club and it is no different in the case of Brighton either according to Jones. Instead of constantly buying players in the transfer window, Jones has said that the club should rely a lot more on the youngsters at their disposal. He has said that the likes of George Barker should show that they are ready to play in the first team on a regular basis. After taking over from Gus Poyet, Garcia has said that the players should think about improving on a daily basis if they are to achieve the dream of promotion.
“The squad needs competition if you want to do well. A few of the youngsters need to step up as we want the development squad to produce a few players and push the players we have got. We have got a strong squad and are looking to add but it’s up to the likes of George Barker and Jake Forster-Caskey to show they are ready. People need to push each other on. If you are safe and secure then you get that lethargy in your play,” said the assistant coach.