Chelsea are famously brutal when it comes to their managers.
There is no time for loyalty in west London. You may well have delivered success for the club in the past, but if you are not doing so now, you will be replaced.
Thirteen managers have taken charge of the Blues during Roman Abramovich’s reign, with Thomas Tuchel the latest to fill the hotseat after Frank Lampard found out that not even club legends are safe from Chelsea’s dugout brutality.
Tuchel may have won the Champions League last season but he will be under no illusions that standards must remain sky high in order to keep his job.
But where does he stand among the 13 bosses to take charge of Abramovich’s Chelsea? football.london has ranked them all.
13. Luiz Felipe Scolari 2008 – Feb 09
Scolari came into Stamford Bridge with a World Cup triumph to his name from 2002 but success would not follow in west London.
Arriving after Chelsea had reached the Champions League final in the summer of 2008, Scolari had been sacked by February with 20 wins to his name.
A 2-0 loss to Liverpool and a 0-0 draw with Hull proved to be the breaking points. Chelsea wrote in a statement: “The results and performances of the team appeared to be deteriorating at a key time in the season.”
12. Andre Villas-Boas 2011 – March 12
Having paid around €15million in compensation from Porto to bring him to England, the man dubbed the ‘next Jose Mourinho’ turned out to be a costly disappointment.
The final straw after a poor run of form came when he left Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Ashley Cole on the bench for a crucial Champions League tie against Napoli.
Villas-Boas was sacked with the Blues just outside the top four, with his assistant Di Matteo taking over. We all know what happened next.
11. Claudio Ranieri 2000-04
Ranieri was in charge of the Blues when Abramovich took control of the club in 2003. The loveable Italian had done a solid job with the Blues over the previous three years, but his new boss wanted more.
He was shown the door in the summer of 2004 and replaced with the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’.
True success for Ranieri would not come for another 12 years, however, when he was surprisingly given the Leicester City job, and overcame odds of 5000-1 to lead them to the Premier League crown.
10. Avram Grant 2007-08
It came a bit of a surprise when Grant moved from director of football to the manager role when Mourinho was let go in 2007.
Admirably, the Israeli went on to guide the Blues to the final of both the League Cup and the Champions League, including a dramatic semi-final victory against Liverpool, although he was beaten in both by Tottenham and Manchester United respectively.
Grant was eventually sacked after that game and replaced by Scolari, but left with an unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge.
9. Maurizio Sarri 2018-19
It was an acrimonious exit from Napoli and Sarri had a tough job to follow in the footsteps of Antonio Conte, who had won the Premier League and FA Cup.
Chelsea fans never really took to his style of football and there was no bond with the supporters, with some big losses thrown into the mix.
He did win the Europa League and got Chelsea back into the top four, but it never felt like a project that had any longevity to it.
8. Frank Lampard 2019-2021
After just losing Eden Hazard and being handed a transfer ban, it is safe to say that Lampard took up the reins at Chelsea at a difficult time.
While he did not bring in any silverware during his season-and-a-half in charge, he laid some important foundations at Stamford Bridge when it came to nourishing the exceptional talent in the club’s academy.
Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori all impressed under his stewardship and each player continues to impress today, whether in England in Italy.
7. Roberto Di Matteo March 2012-Nov 12
After the failure of Villas-Boas, former player Roberto Di Matteo took over the role and the rest, as they say, is history.
Di Matteo guided the Blues all the way to the Champions League final, which included a shock semi-final win over Barcelona before beating Bayern Munich on their own turf on penalties to lift the famous trophy for the first time.
He was given the job permanently, however it didn’t work out and just a few months into the new season he was sacked.
6. Guus Hiddink Feb 2009-May 09 and Dec 2015-16
Twice Abramovich turned to Hiddink to settle the ship, firstly after Scolari was sacked and then when Mourinho was given the boot for the second time.
In his first stint, he only lost one Premier League game and he also guided the Blues to FA Cup glory with a 2-1 win over Everton.
The second time, Chelsea were struggling down the table in 16th and he got them back to tenth and again proved his worth to the Blues.
5. Rafa Benitez Nov 12-13
After some fierce battles and choice words about the Blues in the past, Benitez was not a very popular appointment when he was brought in to replace Di Matteo.
He left having still not fully won over the Chelsea fans but with a 58 per cent win success to his name and a Europa League triumph, the Spaniard etched his name into the club’s history.
4. Thomas Tuchel 20121-Present
After leading the club to their second Champions League title, Tuchel was always going rank pretty highly on this list.
His pragmatic but entertaining style of play has instantly endeared him to the Stamford Bridge faithful, something that was not likely to be easy after replacing a legend like Lampard.
It will be hard for Tuchel to drop lower than this. But win some more silverware this season and he may well climb higher.
3. Antonio Conte 2016-18
Conte arrived in the summer of 2016 and immediately transformed Chelsea from a side that had just finished 10th in the Premier League, to one that won the club its sixth top-flight crown.
Within that title-winning season he also became the first man in Premier League history to win the Manager of the Month award in three consecutive months.
In his second season, it became clear that the Italian would not stick around for the long term, but an FA Cup triumph rounded off his tenure brilliantly.
2. Carlo Ancelotti 2009-11
Ancelotti took over from interim boss Guus Hiddink and his 2009-10 season was a special one, with the Blues winning their first Premier League and FA Cup double.
They became the first club to score more than 100 Premier League goals, finishing with 103 goals in the league.
Despite finishing second during the next campaign, Ancelotti was controversially sacked from his role, but he still remains a popular figure in west London today.
1. Jose Mourinho 2004-07 and 2013-Dec 2015
While Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Chelsea fans might well have soured now, due to his time at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, it’s hard to argue his time with the Blues was anything other than a huge success.
Across his two spells, Mourinho led the Blues to three Premier League titles, including their first-ever in 2005, an FA Cup and three League Cup titles.
Of course, his departure in 2015 ended in fireworks and any return to Stamford Bridge is highly unlikely.
Source by Football London