The Brighton & Hove Albion boss is the latest top football manager to join our awareness campaign targeting fans. He tells us how he's been affected by prostate cancer and reveals the team talk he's most proud of in his managerial career.

19 Oct 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he's alarmed at the statistic of one man every 45 minutes dying from prostate cancer, and hopes his 'team talk' video – which went out on our social media last week – will encourage more men to wise up about their risk.

The boss of the newly-promoted Premier League side is the 36th top football manager to get vocal about our awareness campaign in the sport, with our 'Man of Men' pin-badge already on the lapels of most managers and pundits in the sport.

"I feel very proud of the way that the managers have taken this forward, accepted it, speak about, and are knowledgeable about it now," says Chris. "And hopefully, we'll push this campaign on even stronger.

"You need to be as educated as you can, because this is something that could very much directly affect you, and affects those people that are very close to you."

While no-one in his family has had prostate cancer, Chris is friends with Ray Clemence and knows how he has been affected by the disease. "Of course, that brings it home even closer," says the 58-year-old, who is of mixed heritage and knows he has an increased risk of the disease.

"I was also brought up in a very multicultural society and I get regular phone calls, particularly at my age, from friends who know someone affected by it, or have passed away from it. It makes you think very carefully about how you look after yourself and those around you."

While this may well be the most vital team talk Chris has ever given, the one he's most proud of in his managerial career was after losing the first leg of the Championship play-off final to Sheffield Wednesday in 2016.

"We picked up four injuries, which I've never seen before in one game, and lost two-nil," he remembers. "But we went back to the Amex [for the second leg] and put in, unarguably, certainly for 45 minutes, the best performance that I'd seen that season.

"It wasn't a difficult team talk, but it was one that I felt immensely proud of the team for. And hopefully I can turn that [ability] around a little bit to prostate cancer and the campaign."

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