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Revealed: Who will take charge and be in the Chelsea dugout against Liverpool following Graham Potter sacking



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Chelsea have named Bruno Saltor Grau as their interim head coach following the sacking of Graham Potter.

The Blues announced that Potter had been relieved of his duties on Sunday after their 2-0 loss to Aston Villa.

However, instead of appointing an immediate successor, Bruno has been placed in charge of the team as they prepare to face Liverpool.

Anthony Barry was a previous interim head coach for Chelsea after Thomas Tuchel was dismissed, but following interest from Bayern Munich, Bruno was chosen for the role this time.

Who is Bruno Saltor?

Going by his nickname Bruno, the coach followed Potter to Chelsea in 2022 as an assistant coach.

The Spaniard had an illustrious career in La Liga, coming through the Espanyol academy before playing for Lleida, Almeria and Valencia.

During his time at Valencia, Bruno played with former Blue Juan Mata, establishing a strong relationship with the midfielder.

However, Bruno is most notable for his time at Brighton & Hove Albion, signing for the Seagulls as a free agent in June 2012 under Chelsea legend Gus Poyet.

It was during his time at the AmEx where Bruno became a club legend for Brighton, captaining the side to Premier League promotion as he made over 200 appearances for the side before retiring in 2019, seven years after joining.

Bruno was then appointed as senior player development coach with the club before striking up a strong relationship with Potter and following him to Chelsea.

After following the English coach to Stamford Bridge, it would have been assumed that Bruno would leave with the head coach but Chelsea have put their faith in the 42-year-old to take the team until a successor is named.

When will Bruno take his first match as interim head coach?

Bruno faces the tough task of leading Chelsea against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night as his first match as interim head coach.

The Spaniard has never taken the reigns in his career before so it will no doubt be a proud moment as Bjorn Hamberg, another of Potter’s assistants, will assist him.

Ahead of the game, he said: “I’ve been coaching for four years and I’ve been under Graham, he’s been the manager and always had the last word. It’s quite clear that’s not going to be the case. Tomorrow is going to be the first time (selecting a starting XI).

“I feel good, it’s my duty, it’s a responsibility and I’m in a really important club and I want to try my best.”