Mat Ryan has revealed the ridiculous setting in which he found out former Brighton Hove & Albion coach Chris Hughton had been sacked.
“I was actually in the barbershop and a fan came in and was getting his haircut,” Ryan told Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast.
“After he finished, he got up and much to his shock, and I can’t quite remember the noise he made, but he said oh my God, Chris Hughton has been sacked,
“That’s how I discovered the news, it came as a shock, he’s a great gentleman of the game, Chris, around the training ground and all that.”
Brighton chose to sack Hughton, who led the club to the Premier League and kept the Seagulls above the relegation zone for two consecutive campaigns, after Brighton won just nine matches all season.
The seaside club have now appointed Graham Potter, who surged to English fame after leading Swedish club Ostersund to a Europa League quarterfinal two years ago, where they came within a whisker of defeating Arsenal.
“I have full faith in our club with the decisions they make, it’s obviously in the best interests of the club, and when pre-season comes around again I’ll be doing everything I can to make this new change hopefully a positive one,” he said.
“The longer you’re (in England), experience tells you and you get used to it
“Even when I’m here talking with mates and they’re mentioning stories and all that, I get that moment to take a step back and realise exactly what I’m doing, the historic stadiums I’m playing at, it still remains surreal.
“I can’t believe what I’m doing, it’s great fun and I’m enjoying every second.”