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Potter thanks Jack Army for "incredible" support

Potter, who was installed as manager of Premier League club Brighton on Monday, understands that supporters will be disappointed with his departure.

But he wanted to deliver the following message to the fans who had backed him and the team so passionately last season.

“I am proud of what we achieved at Swansea,” said Potter. “I arrived at a club which had lost its identity somewhat after battling relegation in the Premier League, but it was a challenge I really enjoyed.

“I arrived in Wales from Sweden and despite the frustrations from the previous season the fans were immediately behind us and I’ll never forget that. They just wanted to be proud of the team that they followed so passionately, and I think they feel proud after the past season.

“We went through a lot as a club over the past year, but the support we all received from the Swansea fans was incredible. I am very thankful for that.

“I have a very strong feeling for the club, staff and fans. It was a very tough decision because my family were settled and happy in Swansea.

“I’m sorry to them for cutting short my time at the club. I understand some fans will be upset that I left and won’t forgive me for that.

“It wasn’t something I envisaged, but I thought long and hard about the offer from Brighton and I felt it was an opportunity I had to take.”

The Swans now begin their search for a new manager, but Potter believes there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in SA1.

“Working with the young players at the club and seeing them develop was hugely satisfying,” he added.

“The club is in a far better position now to what it was 12 months ago, thanks to the young players really grasping their opportunities and the senior players played a big part in that process too.

“Swansea will always be a club I will look at fondly, and I am looking forward to seeing how the club moves on next season.

“The new manager will have the opportunity to work at a fantastic football club with a great group of players.”

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