·25 September 2023
·25 September 2023
Just when you thought the revolving doors of Stamford Bridge had stopped spinning for a while, whispers have emerged, indicating yet another seismic shift within the Chelsea coaching ranks. Bruno Saltor, who once sported the caretaker’s hat amidst a period of uncertainty for the Blues, has reportedly made a silent exit, as reported by The Telegraph.
Saltor’s Chelsea journey began about a year ago when he was introduced to the Blue’s faithful as part of Graham Potter’s tactical brigade. Fate, however, had other plans. In the unexpected upheaval that saw Potter’s tenure cut short at just seven months, Saltor was thrust into the limelight – albeit briefly.
His solitary stand as Chelsea’s interim head, producing a commendable stalemate against Liverpool, showcased a glimmer of tactical acumen. And while he wasn’t absorbed into Frank Lampard’s strategies, Chelsea’s upper echelons clearly saw promise in the Spaniard.
Enter Mauricio Pochettino. With his appointment, the winds of change brought about announcements that Saltor would once again be integrated, this time into Pochettino’s transformative vision. But, as the recent absence at Cobham suggests, that integration seems to have been short-lived.
While details remain hazy about whether any discord brewed between Saltor and Pochettino, what’s evident is that Saltor’s stint in the renewed coaching setup was ephemeral, lasting less than a season’s quarter.
Pochettino’s entourage, having stood the test of time since his Espanyol days, saw just one new face – his son and fitness guru, Sebastiano.
It’s interesting to note that Chelsea’s generous outlay, securing Potter and his ensemble last year, has dwindled in its remnants. Apart from Ben Roberts, the guardian of goalkeeping wisdom, and Kyle Macaulay, the data maven, the rest of Potter’s cohort have vanished into the annals of Chelsea’s recent past.
Chelsea’s present, though, feels more like a storm before a potential calm. Their recent on-pitch exploits mirror a team in flux, winning merely once in their six initial Premier League outings. The recent home upset to Aston Villa further cemented them to a mid-table position.
With Saltor’s unannounced departure, it appears the chapters of Chelsea’s ever-evolving story are far from concluding.