In a statement made on the club’s website on Sunday evening, the club has confirmed that manager, Graham Potter has been fired as coach of the first team.
This comes after Chelsea were defeated by Aston Villa in the Premier League 24 hours earlier, losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, his 11th defeat in 31 games as manager.
The former Brighton manager was hired by Chelsea for $21.5 million in 2022 (£17.5 million), a world record transfer fee for a manager, replacing Thomas Tuchel on a 5-year deal.
The club statement read,
“Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition. In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter-final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid. Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future.”
As part of the club statement, Chelsea also confirmed that Bruno Saltor will take charge of the team as interim head coach following the sack.
Chelsea will face a major dilemma for a first-team coach in Europe when they clash against Madrid, with the first leg set for April 12 and the second fixture the following week.
Bruno was part of Potter’s backroom staff at both Chelsea and Brighton, with the defender considered a club legend at the latter. Should Boehly and co insist on his leadership, he’s sure to lead the team as coach in the Champions League games.