Graham Potter has asked Brighton & Hove Albion’s supporters to forgive him for leaving to become Chelsea’s new manager.
In an open letter written on Thursday and published on Brighton’s website on Sunday, Potter wrote: “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.
“I bid farewell to a great club and one that will always mean so much to me and my family. For some I recognise that the change that comes so suddenly in football can be hard to accept.
“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.”
He added that his players “went above and beyond” and paid tribute to all those connected to the club.
“I hope that you will understand that at this stage of my career, I felt I had to grasp a new opportunity.
“I would like to thank (chairman) Tony Bloom, (chief executive) Paul Barber and the directors for the opportunity they gave me three years ago and then the unswerving support that came with it. My gratitude also to Dan Ashworth and David Weir, two first-class technical directors.”