Sheffield Wednesday: Albion chief shrugs off Gray claim

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia.
Brighton boss Sami Hyypia.
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Brighton manager Sami Hyypia has brushed off claims from Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray he will find the Championship a culture shock.

Former Liverpool defender Hyypia makes his managerial debut in English football this afternoon as his Seagulls side welcome the Owls to the Amex Stadium on the opening day of the Football League season.

In Thursday’s Star, Gray said the quality of the opposition and number of matches that are played in the Championship would surprise Hyypia, appointed Brighton boss in June following the resignation of Oscar Garcia.

But the ex-Finland international has shrugged off Gray’s remarks, insisting he is prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

Hyypia said: “I know it will be intense. Last season (at Bayer Leverkusen) we had a lot of games with the Champions League and everything else.

“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 as well.

“I know 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 when it is not going well. I think that helps me to cope with the situation here.”