Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter has praised the squad he’s inherited since arriving at the football club.
The new boss met the players for the first time on Thursday at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, and he spoke positively about the group he’s taken charge of ahead of the new season.
He said, "I have inherited what seems to be a really good group and a really good football club, and I think that's testament to Chris [Hughton] and the quality of leadership that he brought.
"I think they've done a fantastic job if you look at it from the outside, promotion from the Championship and then keeping the club in the Premier League for two years is not easy to do.
"As a coach I know how difficult it is and I am full of respect for the job Chris has done. I am just lucky that I've inherited what I think is a good foundation and a good set of circumstances to work from.”
Potter went on to talk about the next steps of pushing the group on to the next level, as well as putting his own blueprint on the side.
"I'm not coming in trying to be better or worse than anybody else. I've got my own personality, my own way,” he continued.
"I'll try to take on the good things that are here and I think everybody's job in a football club, wherever you are in the world, is to try and improve, regardless of who the coach is and that's the challenge for us."
The head coach also looked ahead to the challenges that the club’s third top-flight campaign would bring, highlighting his desire to create a style of play which the supporters could recognise.
"You can talk about all these fancy long-term words like philosophy and identity, all that sort of stuff, but you have to understand you are in the Premier League.
"It's the most competitive league in the world. The competition is fierce but at the same time we have to work towards improving and build something that the supporters can see taking shape.
"There are no easy answers. There is no point me sitting here and saying by this time we will be this or that. We will take each day as it comes and try to improve every day."