Bruno Saltor

Chelsea first-team coach Bruno Saltor has secretly left the club, according to reports.

Saltor arrived at Stamford Bridge alongside Graham Potter last September after working with the Englishman at Brighton.

He then took charge of the first-team for one match – a 0-0 draw against Liverpool – when Potter was sacked in April.

The 42-year-old was effectively placed on leave when Frank Lampard took over on an interim basis for the final weeks of last season, but the Blues opted to keep him at the club upon appointing Pochettino permanently in the summer.

However, he has now left the club after working alongside the Argentina manager for just four months, as reported by The Telegraph.

Chelsea have not released a statement confirming Saltor’s departure, but it is understood that the remainder of his contract has been paid up.

Saltor leaving comes amid a disappointing start to the season for Chelsea, who have shown few signs of improvement after a dismal 2022-23 campaign.

They have lost three of their opening six league games, including a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa on Sunday, and sit 14th in the table.

Pochettino appeared particularly frustrated with their latest loss, calling for his players to ‘grow up’, while fans labelled the display ‘unacceptable’.

There are now just two members of Potter’s staff that remain at Stamford Bridge – head of goalkeeping Ben Roberts and data analyst Kyle Macauley.

Potter and three members of his staff – Billy Reid, Bjorn Hamberg and now Saltor – have all left the club in recent months, with their contracts settled.

It remains to be seen whether Pochettino will look to add to his current staff following Saltor’s exit, as he looks for a change in fortunes at his new club.