I have to be me – Graham Potter rules out becoming a ‘sexy’ manager at Chelsea

Graham Potter has laughed off the idea of ​​turning himself into a ‘sexy’ manager after swapping Brighton for big-spend Chelsea.

Potter has always eschewed football’s flashy trends and fads in favor of mixing humility and hard work with a dash of self-mockery.

The Solihull-born manager still drives the same car he bought when he moved to Brighton from Swansea three years ago.

Not for Potter the insignia of Chelsea’s King’s Road or the leafy Surrey suburbs of the Blues’ Cobham training ground.

But the 47-year-old insisted his reserved demeanor should not be confused with a lack of faith: Potter remains wholeheartedly confident in his ability to thrive in west London.

Asked if, given promotion to a big club like Chelsea, he would reconsider his earlier admission that he would never be a ‘sexy’ manager and change his personality, Potter replied: “I sincerely hope not, would be my instinctive answer.

“I very rarely feel sexy!

“If you ever succeed or try something, you have to be true to yourself, I think.

There is no Lamborghini on order, I am still driving the same car that I picked up in England when I came back from Swansea.

Graham Potter

“And I’m not saying I’m right or wrong or anything, I have to be myself.

“And part of being me is a little bit of self-deprecation.

“I’m smart enough to know that I started at the lowest level, and after a process of trial and error and a lot of hard work, luck, and help from other people, I got to this point.

“And that’s a fantastic achievement that I’m really proud of.

“But at the same time I’m human, certainly not perfect and don’t think I’ve cracked anything or have all the answers.”

Potter joked in his first media stint as Chelsea manager that he started his career below the bottom division of football as he chronicled his promotion to the Premier League from Swedish club Östersund.

The top-flight manager, who is leading Chelsea to Crystal Palace this weekend, has no desire for football’s plushest trappings, instead focusing on the core challenge of succeeding with the Blues.

“We haven’t moved, our lifestyle hasn’t changed,” Potter said of himself and his family.

“We’re not in an open car driving through Brighton and Hove or Surrey or Cobham or anything.

“There is no Lamborghini on order, I am still driving the same car that I picked up in England on my return from Swansea.

“So my life hasn’t changed at all if I’m honest.

“Brighton have a nice training ground and are in some ways on par if not better in terms of facilities.

“But what we have here is history and recognition, photos of people who have won big trophies.

“And that’s the main thing. That’s where the expectation, or the pressure, makes the difference.

“It’s not about facilities, it’s about people and understanding the difference in the context of this football club.

“Managers, top players, legends, trophies; that is the difference.

“But at the same time I’m intelligent enough, I think, to know and be aware enough of my own personality what I can achieve here.

“And I think if other people have done it, then 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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