EPL: What Graham Potter said during official Chelsea unveiling

Graham Potter

Graham Potter was officially unveiled as the next Chelsea manager on Monday.

The former Brighton boss has vowed to create history by building “relationships, respect and trust” with his squad.

Potter posed for pictures with co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali as well as outside the club’s training ground as he gets to work on his new challenge.

The 47-year-old then gave his first interview to the club’s official channels as they wandered around the training ground.

“It’s the start of a really exciting period. A new ownership I was really impressed by, firstly as people and then the vision of the club,” Potter said.

“The history of the club speaks for itself but it’s about trying to create that again in our own way.”

Potter has also vowed to “build relationships, respect and trust”, a stark contrast to predecessor Thomas Tuchel, who had deteriorating relationships with many of the squad by the end of his 15 months in charge.

He continued: “It’s an amazing history, fantastic tradition, a historic football club. I mean, growing up with the fantastic teams of Chelsea, of the modern era.

“You only have to walk around the place here and you see the pictures, you see the trophies, you see the names.

“It’s incredible and it’s a huge honour, like I said, for me to be a part of that now.

“It’s about creating a team that competes, that has respect for each other, that is honest, that works together, so it’s a combination of, I would say, football and human values that we try to work with.

“I think that you have to understand that they’re human beings first, and the key thing is to try understand them, understand what motivates them and understand what they’re like as people, and then, from that, try to come to some common ground, try to build relationships, to try to communicate effectively on a daily basis and build respect, trust and honesty.

“My starting point would always be the person first. I had a football career that I was very fortunate to have that gave me loads of opportunities, loads of experience and then my education, after retiring, I suppose gave me a chance to put that into some theory, to put some context to the experiences.

‘Challenges abroad meant that I could widen my thoughts on myself, on life, on football, which was a fantastic experience for me, so all of those challenges, all those experiences, I think shape you as a human being.

‘They make you grow, they make you develop. I always think that in order to get better you have to take a little step outside of what’s comfortable and our job as coaches is to provide the players that opportunity to do that.’

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