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Chelsea are the club that have sacked managers the most since the turn of the century. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is known to be trigger happy to pull the sack, and while we’ve experienced huge success under the Russian, some of his decisions have been harsh and way too rash.
As a result of Chelsea’s regular sacking of managers, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has paid out £92.9m in compensation to sacked managers, with Antonio Conte being the latest on the long list of departed managers.
In Roman’s 16 years, Chelsea have gone through 10 permanent managers in that time, plus a number of interim and caretaker bosses in between appointments.
We’d take a look at some wrong managerial decisions Abramovich has made.
1. Jose Mourinho
The Portuguese remains Chelsea’s most successful manager as he has delivered 3 Premier League titles out of the 5 that Chelsea have won.
No Chelsea manager has lasted up to four seasons under Roman Abramovich, and Jose Mourinho remains the only manager to have gone beyond two years as Chelsea boss. It could be said that Jose deserved the sack in his second stint as Chelsea struggled for form and were deep in relegation battle. However, Mourinho’s sack in his first spell as Chelsea manager wasn’t justified.
Under Mourinho, the club ended a 50-year wait for the league title by claiming the title in 2005, a feat the Blues repeated a year later. In his third season, Chelsea may have seen the title surrendered to Manchester United but there was success in the FA Cup and Carling Cup, and a second Champions League semi-final under the Portuguese in three years – that was a third successful season.
In his fourth season, Roman Abramovich was quick to pull the trigger as Mourinho lost his job following the bore draw against Rosenborg in the opening round of the Champions League.
Mourinho’s sack came as a disappointment to Chelsea’s players and will shock the club’s supporters. Mourinho admitted while as Inter Milan manager that Chelsea were wrong to dismiss him.
“I feel sorry but I look forward. I feel sorry because, when I look at the big four teams while I was in England, [their managers] are all there,” Mourinho told reporters.
“Sir Alex Ferguson is here. Arsene Wenger is here. Rafa Benitez is here. I did more than enough to be here. But the decision was made.
“Chelsea looked forward. I look forward. They move on. I move on. I keep winning important things. They keep winning… something. They won an FA Cup.
“The most important thing is the relation we have. No regrets, no big problems. Just respect. In football, coming back to an old team, it’s important to feel like I feel. It’s one of the most beautiful things in football. They move on, I move on.”
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