Graham Potter – the new Chelsea Manager explains that he did not have a choice but to “grasp a new opportunity” as the Blues approached him to replace Thomas Tuchel.
After three years as Brighton’s manager, Potter, 47, was named Chelsea’s manager on Thursday after the club parted ways with German coach Thomas Tuchel.
“For some, I recognise that the change that comes so suddenly in football can be hard to accept,” he wrote.
“I may not be able to persuade you all to forgive my departure – but I would at least like to take the chance to say thank you.”
Potter, who assumed Thomas Tuchel’s position at Stamford Bridge, added: “I hope that you will understand that at this stage of my career, I felt I had to grasp a new opportunity.”
Potter, a former Ostersunds FK and Swansea City manager, guided Brighton to their best-ever ninth-place finish in the Premier League last season.
This season, after they won four and drew one of their first six Premier League games, he has led them to fourth place in the standings.
“I feel I am a better person and a better manager for the experiences I have had here [at Brighton],” he continued in an open letter written on Thursday and posted on Brighton’s website on Sunday, September 11.
“Not every team selection or decision has been perfect. But the club has created an environment that gives you the scope to make mistakes, learn from them and then improve.
“I have always tried to act with integrity and be a good person. These are values I hold dear, and I know that the Albion do too.”
Potter, who defeated Leicester 5-2 in his final game with Brighton on September 4th, continued: “I did not know at the time that it would be the end, but looking back now, we played so well. There was so much positivity around the club.
“The last few days have been an unexpected whirlwind. Leaving the training ground for the last time was a poignant moment.”
Graham Stephen Potter, a professional football manager and former player from England, was born on May 20, 1975. He is currently Chelsea’s head coach in the Premier League.
Left-back Potter had a 13-year playing career and made 307 Football League matches. He also played for Southampton in the Premier League and Shrewsbury Town in the Football Conference.
With the Swedish team stersund, Potter launched his professional managing career in January 2011.
With stersund, he earned three promotions and the Svenska Cupen, helping them advance to the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League knockout round.
In June 2018, he was named manager of Championship team Swansea City. A year later, he moved on to manage Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion. He was appointed head coach of Chelsea in September 2022.
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