Chelsea’s likely manager for their two Champions League quarter-final ties against Real Madrid has been revealed, according to reports.
Graham Potter was sacked after less than seven months in charge of Chelsea. The club decided to part company with the 47-year-old following after they lost 2-0 to Aston Villa on Saturday evening.
“Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club,” read a club statement after his departure was confirmed at 8.02pm on Sunday evening.
“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.”
Potter’s departure sees Bruno Saltor now in charge of the team as Interim Head Coach and he will oversee the squad against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Chelsea have not found an instant permanent successor to replace Potter and will take their time with an ‘exhaustive process’ to find their third manager since they completed the takeover in May 2022.
Nizaar Kinsella reports that ‘Chelsea are willing to give Bruno several matches in charge as they search for a long-term option to come in’.
Chelsea have games against Liverpool, Wolves, Real Madrid (twice), Brighton & Hove Albion, Brentford and Arsenal this month to play.
Now it’s been reported by PA, Bruno is likely to be in charge for both the away and home quarter-final legs.
Chelsea head to the Bernabeu on April 12 before returning to the English capital on April 18 for the reverse leg against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali expressed their disappointment at having to sack Potter, but are fully focused on supporting Bruno and the team for the remainder of the season.
They said: “Along with our incredible fans, we will all be getting behind Bruno and the team as we focus on the rest of the season.
“We have 10 Premier League games remaining and a Champions League quarter final ahead.
“We will put every effort and commitment into every one of those games so that we can end the season on a high.”
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