To say that stability is a lost word at Chelsea is a statement of factual reality. Despite the successes recorded over the years, we’ve witnessed many managerial departures. Though the decision to sack these managers also saw the fortunes of the club change drastically. With reports of Conte being unhappy with the Chelsea board and talks of his departure which has been rebuffed, let’s review 3 of the most painful managerial exits at Chelsea:
ROBERTO DI MATTEO:
The Swiss-born Italian manager was appointed in the summer of 2011 as assistant manager during Andre Villas-Boas reign at the club. But the imminent sack of AVB amid poor results and dressing room unrest automatically brought him to limelight as interim manager. The Italian masterminded Chelsea’s first and only Champions League triumph against Bayern Munich on their own turf and also won the FA Cup.
Thereafter he was handed the reign on a two-year contract, but was axed after strings of poor results. Reports had it that he was never Abramovich’s choice and ultimately he paid the price after just 12 game in charge. Reactions after his sack:
“The shock that should be there from the fans and media should say something to the owner of that club. I think it’s the ninth manager there in so many years and it’s just not fair.
“[Di Matteo] has done absolutely nothing wrong. The philosophy was to change the look of the team, which he has tried to do, but that doesn’t happen overnight.” – Ex Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew
JOSE MOURINHO (FIRST STINT):
The most successful coach in Chelsea’s history was also a prey to Roman Abramovich’s firing shots. Issues of internal control, final decisions on transfers, bust-up with then Sporting director, Frank Anersen, and then looming shadow of Avram Grant who was then director of football and a close ally of Abramovich were subplots to José’s feud with Abramovich which consequently led to his sack. On September 19, 2007, Chelsea sacked Jose, and that was a painful end to our love affair.
Mr. Calm and Nice really got grooving after being courted by Abramovich at all cost. Finally the Italian was at Chelsea and in his first season, he delivered the Community shield, Premier league title and FA Cup. He became the first manager to win the league and FA Cup double in the club’s history. He had Chelsea playing an attractive brand of football much to Roman’s liking. Chelsea cruised to the title amassing a record goals tally of 104. But the Italian’s second season was a nightmare as consecutive Champions League failures in both seasons, being usurped by United and ending the season trophyless was too much to take for Chelsea Russian owner. Off he went, as Carlo was sacked in his final game at the club against Everton.
Time will tell if the club can give stability to Conte. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!