Chelsea coach ‘secretly leaves & has deal paid up’ after Brighton raid backfired

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    Chelsea coach Bruno Saltor has secretly left the club despite being named as one of Mauricio Pochettino's assistants at the start of the season.

    The Spaniard, who briefly took caretaker charge of the first team in April, stayed on after former manager Graham Potter, who brought him to Stamford Bridge from Brighton last year, got booted out. But it now appears that he's been let go, with The Telegraph reporting that his contract has been 'paid up'.

    Saltor's exit has not been communicated by the club, though it's understood that he was removed from his position some time after Pochettino's arrival back in July. His departure means that just two of the six individuals who moved to Chelsea when they paid a record £21million to take Potter from Brighton are still at the club.

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    Ben Roberts, who was given a promotion this summer to work as head of goalkeeping and Kyle Macaulay, who has continued to work as a data analyst, are the two that remain. Meanwhile, Saltor has joined Potter, Billy Reid and Bjorn Hamberg on the scrapheap.

    Saltor was in charge of Chelsea for just one match – their home clash against Liverpool, which ended in a 0-0 draw. He was removed from his position a few days later following the arrival of Frank Lampard, who took charge of first team duties until the end of the season.

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    Saltor was effectively put on gardening leave until the summer after Lampard brought his own staff in, but the club announced that he'd be re-joining the team as part of Pochettino's backroom staff in July. That arrangement has, however, lasted less than four months with the revolving door at Chelsea continuing to turn.

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    The news is the latest troubling development in what is shaping up to be a second-successive horror season for the Blues. They've won just one of their first six games in charge – against winless Luton – and are 14th in the table.

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