Brighton and Hove Albion CEO Paul Barber says the similar ‘cultures’ at the English Premier League club and Hibs make them perfect strategic partners.

It was announced last month that Brighton and Hibs would enter into a partnership, focusing primarily on player development. It will ensure cross-border co-operation to develop players and staff, Hibs already having strategic partnerships with American side Charleston Battery and Scottish League Two club Stenhousemuir.

Brighton and Hibs have joined forces

Brighton and Hibs have joined forces. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Barber says Brighton and Hibs are a good fit for each other: “You always have to look at the amount of work that has to go into setting these things up and managing them against the return you receive. Sometimes the network of clubs can become so onerous that you spend more time managing the network than you do the benefits.

“I cannot imagine it will ever be huge. But it might well be bigger than what it is now. It is about finding the right club. It is not any club, it is not a network for the sake of a network.

“It is clubs that are very similar to us in the way they are run, their philosophies, their cultures, their coaching philosophies, people actually getting along and being able to work well together and trust each other. Therefore, you have to take a bit of time to find the right club and to make sure that that fit is right.”

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