Brighton chief executive Paul Barber targets 'key' transfers
By James Dale
Last Updated: 19/04/17 9:25am
Brighton remain loyal to their promotion-winning squad but need signings to stay in the Premier League, says their chief executive.
The Seagulls secured their place in the top flight for the first time in 34 years with a 2-1 home victory over Wigan on Easter Monday, having narrowly missed out on promotion last season.
Manager Chris Hughton stayed in charge despite their heartbreak in the last campaign and chief executive Paul Barber believes loyalty remains the best policy as they bid to stay in the Premier League, though he is ready to delve into the transfer market to bolster their chances.
"Having got this far and got into this division we absolutely want to stay there," Barber told Sky Sports News HQ. "We'll back Chris as much as necessary to get the squad together for next season.
"Obviously there's got to be a bit of balance with loyalty for the squad that have got us here, been so magnificent over not just this season but last as well, but obviously with one or two key reinforcements.
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"We know that we're stepping up a level, we know that competition is even tougher again, so we'll be working with Chris to put together a squad for next season which gives us a chance to compete well in the Premier League."
Barber, along with Brighton chairman Tony Bloom, set out the blueprints to achieve promotion at the start of the 2015-16 campaign and backed their plan with a financial reward scheme for employees across the football club.
After their status in English football's top tier was confirmed, staff will already receive a guaranteed bonus and could earn an even bigger pay packet when performance-related increases are decided.
Barber believes the investment has played a big part in their success and is happy to put his money where his mouth is.
"Two seasons ago when we had one of our toughest seasons we felt that we needed to put something together that not just motivated the players and the coaching staff to win promotion but everybody a the club, from the parking attendants, the receptionists right the way through all the different departments," he said.
"So staff have got an opportunity to earn up to 20 per cent of their salary, 10 per cent is guaranteed on promotion, but the other 10 per cent is based on their own individual performance of their departments.
"If we can pay 20 per cent to everyone we will be delighted."