- Graham Potter has finally opened up about his decision to quit Brighton to succeed Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea
- The Englishman swapped Brighton for the Blues just a day after the Blues had sacked Tuchel following a slow start to the new season
- In an open letter sent to Brighton fans, Potter admitted that he was fully aware his decision to quit had left the club's fanbase heartbroken
- However, the 47-year-old admitted that he could not resist the temptation of taking charge at Stamford Bridge when the Blues came calling
Graham Potter has apologised to Brighton fans after he dumped the Seagulls in order to become the new Chelsea boss.
Potter was appointed to the Stamford Bridge hot seal late last week, just a day after the Blues had sacked Thomas Tuchel from the role.
Tuchel had been at the helm of affairs at the west London club for more than 20 months, taking charge of the club in January 2021 after Frank Lampard was shown the door.
However, Chelsea's 1-0 defeat against Dinamo Zagreb last Tuesday in the Champions League saw the German tactician lose his job, with Potter succeeding him almost immediately.
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Graham Potter sends message to Brighton fans
Potter has now pleaded with Brighton supporters to forgive him for quitting the Amex-based side for what many contend is an upgrade on his CV.
In an open letter penned by the Englishman to Brighton supporters, the tactician admitted that he had to 'grasp a new opportunity' when the Blues came calling.
"This has been three wonderful years with a club that has changed my life, and I want to take a moment to say goodbye to all of you who have made it such a special period of my career," Potter's letter said in part.
"I hope that you will understand that at this stage of my career, I felt I had to grasp a new opportunity," he added.
Graham Potter to keep Chelsea job even if he fails in the top-four mission
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Chelsea have resolved to stick with Graham Potter if the new boss fails to seal a top-four finish.
Potter, who succeeded Thomas Tuchel, is viewed as a long-term appointment at Stamford Bridge after being handed a five-year contract at the club.
The development is a complete departure from the Roman Abramovich era, where the former Blues owner earned a reputation for firing managers as soon as it became apparent they would miss out on a European spot.