Graham Potter says he felt he had to “grasp a new possibility” as he spelled out in an open letter to followers why he left Brighton to join Chelsea.
“For some, I recognise that the adjust that arrives so quickly in football can be tough to accept,” he wrote.
“I may perhaps not be capable to persuade you all to forgive my departure – but I would at minimum like to just take the likelihood to say thank you.”
Potter, who has changed the sacked Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, added: “I hope that you will recognize that at this phase of my career, I felt I had to grasp a new possibility.”
Former Ostersunds FK and Swansea City manager Potter led Brighton to ninth place in final season’s Premier League, the highest finish in their record.
He has guided them to fourth in the table this season just after they won four and drew a person of their first six Leading League online games.
In an open letter prepared on Thursday and printed on Brighton’s website on Sunday, he added: “I truly feel I am a far better person and a improved manager for the activities I have had below.
“Not every staff collection or conclusion has been fantastic. But the club has made an setting that offers you the scope to make problems, discover from them and then improve.
“I have often experimented with to act with integrity and be a superior individual. These are values I maintain expensive, and I know that the Albion do way too.”
Potter, whose very last match with Brighton was a 5-2 victory over Leicester on 4 September, added: “I did not know at the time that it would be the close, but wanting again now, we performed so effectively. There was so much positivity around the club.
“The past few days have been an sudden whirlwind. Leaving the coaching floor for the very last time was a poignant second.”