His enthusiasm stems from competing for European football until the final game of last season and the arrival of more bright young talent to bolster what was already one of the youngest squads in the Premier League.
“Even though it was a disappointing end, one thing we mustn’t do is take away the fact that we made progress last season,” said coach Chris.
“I think it would be a massive shame if we weren’t able to build on that.
“We’re all excited about the introduction of the new players at the end of this week and one thing a young squad gives is enthusiasm to take into pre-season and hopefully to start the season well.
“Certainly I’m every bit as optimistic going into this season as any other I can remember.”
A coach at the club since 1993 after 13 years as a player, Chris admitted the excitement is still very much there as he prepares for another long season — one he hopes will be extended further with a trip to the World Cup in his role as Republic of Ireland assistant manager.
“It’s not been a particularly long break,” added Chris, whose season ended with a World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands on June 8. “But it’s always an exciting time coming back to training and as you see each player, the enthusiasm grows.
“It will be good to see them again because they are a terrific group and we’ve plenty to look forward to.”
Chris Hughton is back at Spurs Lodge and as optimistic as ever as he starts to fine tune our pre-season plans.