Chelsea have sacked manager Graham Potter on Sunday evening after less than seven months in charge of the Blues.
The 47-year-old was initially appointed on a 5-year deal taking over the reins from Thomas Tuchel.
However, the former Brighton manager won just seven of his 22 Premier League games in charge but did guide the Blues to the Champions League quarter final where they will face reigning Champions Real Madrid.
Results were not improving
Potter’s departure from the London club follows their 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday. The result has left the Blues 11th in the League standings, 12 points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United for a Champions League berth.
Sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd let their frustration known after the game as they aimed boos at the manager and players after a lackluster performance.
Chelsea invested heavily in the January transfer window splurging close to £600m. However, the performance on the pitch was nothing short of dreadful as they have won only won four games in all competitions since the turn of the year.
Interim manager named
Bruno Saltor will take charge as the interim head coach with his first game in charge being against Liverpool on Tuesday.
A statement in the club website 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.”
Co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said: “On behalf of everyone at the club, we want to thank Graham sincerely for his contribution to Chelsea. “We have the highest degree of respect for Graham as a coach and as a person. He has always conducted himself with professionalism and integrity and we are all disappointed in this outcome.”
Reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Julian Nagelsmann is a favorite for the vacant role.
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