Brighton boss Graham Potter insists they're a valuable member of the Premier League.
The Seagulls aim to secure a fifth successive season in the Premier League today by winning at Wolves.
Potter was asked whether the ESL episode showed the value of clubs such as Albion, working outside the big six and listening to the wishes of their fans.
The head coach replied: “I think so – and I'm not disrespecting those clubs.
“They are fantastic football clubs. But I'm proud of Brighton and Hove Albion. I'm proud to work for this club I'm proud to work with these players.
“With this team we've got some room to improve, some room to develop. At the same time, I'm proud of the work we've done as well, because sometimes it's hard to say that because you are in a points and results business.
“And, when they're not so good, you can't really shout those things too often.
“I'm still happy with what we've done, but I know there's more to do as well."
He continued: “I'm a little bit of a romantic.
“I think you have to respect and understand that 95% of the leagues are determined by finance.
“So, clearly, if you've got more money, then there's a better chance that you can win, but I think there's a 5% that can affect that.
“And then it's about how do you get into that 5% and what do you need to do with that 5%. That's the interesting bit and that's where what we're trying to do here.
“We're trying to develop something where we have to be clever with what we're doing.
“We have to align our ideas, so that we're all going down the one path.
“We have to be really strong with our work. and that's the exciting thing. I'm really, really excited by that.
“The competitor in me means of course you want to win, and you know that winning is part of the process.
“If you don't win, it's hard to convince people. But the most important thing is that you try to improve yourself.
“It's about the players too. You're trying to help them improve. And, if you can make a difference in people's lives, that's really special."