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Potter’s heartfelt goodbye at Swansea City

SWANSEA, WALES - FEBRUARY 17: Swansea manager Graham Potter congratulates Bersant Celina after the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Swansea and Brentford at Liberty Stadium on February 17, 2019 in Swansea, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The manager will join Brighton and Hove Albion next season in the English Premier League, leaving Swansea in the Championship.

Coach Graham Potter is set to leave Swansea City in the English Championship and join Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League this summer.

And the manager wanted to tell supporters at his old club why he decided to take this road.

“I can only apologize (to the fans). I hope they understand the rationale,” he said according to the BBC.

“I tried my best at Swansea in difficult circumstances. I know it’s football, it’s emotional and there are people who are disappointed.”

“But hopefully, when you zoom out of it all, they can understand a little bit as well,” he added.

“My feelings for them won’t change regardless of what they think of my decision or me.”

“My position on them is one of huge gratitude and respect because they have been brilliant to me,” he said.

“I will always remember that and be thankful for that.”

He explained: “They (Swansea) did indicate they wanted us to continue and I was very happy for that.”

“But it wasn’t necessarily about my own personal situation or getting an extra salary or anything like that.”

“It was more how can the club carry on moving forwards – what the position was there,” Potter concluded.