Sebastien Bassong has hailed the influence of manager Chris Hughton at Norwich City.

Sebastien Bassong has hailed the influence of manager Chris Hughton at Norwich City.

Hughton’s presence was an obvious attraction for Bassong after working closely with the Norwich boss back in 2008 on his arrival in England.

“When I came for my first training (at Newcastle) Kevin Keegan was my manager and the man in charge but Chris Hughton was his assistant,” said Bassong, speaking to the Premier League’s official site. “He was the one who was supposed to assess me regarding defensive stuff and he was the one who gave me my first training session.

“From that trial at Newcastle everything went well for me. You can tell he was a defender himself as a player because he has a defensive mindset. He wants us to be really compact and defend really well. I think he would rather have us defend well and not concede a goal than go gung ho and scoring five and conceding five. It is a good defensive manager.”

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