Chelsea manager Graham Potter responded in exactly the right way when asked if his new job would make him a ‘sexy’ manager.
The former Brighton boss prepares for his first Premier League game in charge of the Blues – who travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday – live on talkSPORT 2.
Potter has a reputation for humility and self-mockery, driving the same car he picked up when he returned from Swansea to Brighton three years ago.
When asked if Chelsea’s glitz and glamor would change his ways, the Englishman promised never to change.
“I sincerely hope not, would be my instinctive response,” he told reporters.
“I very rarely feel sexy!
“If you’re ever successful or trying to do anything, you have to be true to yourself, I think.
“And I’m not saying I’m right or wrong or anything like that, I have to be me.
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“And part of being me is a bit of self-mockery.”
Potter suggests the real difference between Brighton and Chelsea is the constant reminder of success.
And while the former Ostersund manager knows his career has reached new heights, his habits will remain the same.
“We haven’t moved, our way of life hasn’t changed,” Potter said of himself and his family.
“We are not in an open top car driving around Brighton and Hove, or Surrey or Cobham or whatever.
“There are no Lamborghinis on order, I’m still driving the same car I picked up in England when I got back from Swansea.
“So my life hasn’t changed at all if I’m being honest.
“Brighton has a fine training ground, and in some ways equal if not better in terms of facilities.
“But what we have here is history and recognition, pictures of people winning major trophies.
“And that’s the main thing. This is where the expectation, or the pressure, is the difference.
“It’s not about facilities, it’s about people and understanding the difference in the context of this football club.
“Managers, best players, legends, trophies; that’s the difference.
“But at the same time, I’m smart enough to know, I think, and aware enough of my own personality to have the ability to succeed here.
“And I think if other people have done it, it’s possible for me to do it.
“And I think that’s a pretty good way to think about the challenge.”
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