Brighton chairman Tony Bloom is sorry to have lost Graham Potter and his staff to Chelsea.
The move became official yesterday, with Potter joined by Billy Reid, Bjorn Hamberg, Kyle Macaulay, Bruno and Ben Roberts.
Bloom described Potter as an “exceptional” head coach and person who will be “hugely missed”.
He said: “I am very disappointed that Graham will be leaving us. He has done exceptionally well over the past three-and-a-bit seasons, he is an exceptional head coach and an exceptional person.
“He will be hugely missed at our football club.
“He leaves an excellent legacy for his successor with the club in its highest ever position, and on the back of leading us to our highest finish in the club’s history last season.
“I would like to thank Graham, Billy, Bjorn, Bruno, Ben and Kyle for their work here, and wish them all the very best for the future.
“While our attention is now on appointing Graham’s successor as head coach our immediate focus, of course, is on Saturday’s game at Bournemouth and supporting Andrew Crofts as interim head coach.”