The 47-year-old was named Thomas Tuchel’s successor on Thursday, signing a five-year deal to become the first managerial role of the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital era.
After being impressed with his work on the south coast, Chelsea ownership saw fit to rush in a move.
A coach renowned for his brand of attacking football, the former Brighton boss believes the club are ready for an exciting new era, with new faces on the board, in the dugout and in the squad.
Speaking to the club’s internal media channel, Potter described his vision at Stamford Bridge and explained his decision to leave Brighton.
Read Potter’s full interview below.
“It’s the start of a really exciting time. New owners, who really excited and impressed me, first as people, then their vision for the club and what they wanted to do.
“The history of the clubs speaks for itself but it’s about trying to recreate that in our own way.
“My career has progressed, I had a great time in Sweden and came back to the UK and had some fantastic experiences, and it’s just nice to take that next step and be able to work with a group exciting number of players we have here, and compete at the top, try to create a winning team, this is a fantastic opportunity for me.
“It’s an incredible story, a fantastic tradition. It is a historic football club. Growing up with the fantastic Chelsea teams of the modern era. Just walk around and see the photos, the trophies, the names, it’s amazing. It’s a huge honor for me to be a part of it now.
“It’s about creating a team that competes, that respects each other, that’s honest, that works together. So it’s a combination of football and human values that we try to work with. I think you have to understand that it is first and foremost about human beings.
“The main thing is to try to understand them, what motivates them and who they are as people. From there, try to find common ground, to build relationships, to communicate effectively to the And to build respect, to build trust, to build honesty, so my starting point would always be people first.
“I had a football career that I was very lucky to have, which gave me a lot of opportunities and experiences. Then my education after my retirement gave me a chance to put this in theory.
“Challenges abroad have allowed me to broaden my thinking about myself, about life, about football, which has been a fantastic opportunity for me. So all these challenges and experiences shape you into as a human being, they make you grow, develop.
“I think in order to improve, you have to take a small step outside of what is comfortable.
“When we took over at Brighton the team had just finished fourth from bottom playing a certain style. The mandate was to reduce the age of the team, change the style of play and align recruitment with Premier League winning games.
“If you want to convince people that you’re on the right track, you win. When you’re trying to grow a club, that’s the challenge, I think.
“Surreal, hectic, a whirlwind, exciting, amazing…a bit of sadness of course because you’re leaving good people but very happy and excited to meet new people. So a whole range of emotions but overall I am really happy and very proud.
“It’s one of those places that fills you with incredible excitement when you come as an away team. The crowd is always behind the home team. It’s amazing the atmosphere, it’s amazing. is something I’m really looking forward to.