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Swansea City express disappointment as Potter anticipates Brighton challenge

"It goes without saying that we are very disappointed" - Birch

Departing Swansea City Manager Graham Potter says he's under no illusions about how tough it's going to be to take new club Brighton up the Premier League table.

The Seagulls finished 17th last season just two points clear of the relegation places, which prompted the sacking of former boss Chris Hughton.

Potter who's signed a four year contract on the South coast admitted it may take a while to improve the side's fortunes:

"There's no doubt the Premier League is so, so competitive, its so tough.

"We need to try to develop a team that understands that, and has that humility, that respect for the game. Then just try to work really, really hard at improving how we want to play football."

Potter will be joined at Brighton by his backroom team of assistant manager Billy Reid, assistant coach Bjorn Hamberg and head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay.

Swansea City chairman, Trevor Birch, confirmed: “We received a request from Brighton last week to speak to Graham over the vacant managerial position at the club.

“We had absolutely no desire to lose the services of Graham after the excellent work he had done over the course of his debut season. We therefore declined Brighton’s initial request to speak to him.

“We then spoke to Graham in length over the request. These discussions included the offer of a new, improved contract and certain assurances regarding future squad strengthening. These assurances would have had to sit within our current financial budget, but we were confident that by working together we could build on the excellent progress the team made last season.

“Unfortunately, following those amicable discussions, Graham expressed a desire to challenge himself in the Premier League and we reluctantly allowed him to speak to Brighton after agreeing a compensation package.

“It goes without saying that we are very disappointed to lose Graham and members of his backroom staff, but we would like to thank him for the excellent work he did during our first season of transition and we wish him well at Brighton.

“We will endeavour to keep supporters aware of any developments.’’

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