Chelsea are one of the most successful clubs in contemporary football. The Blues have also been a dominant force in the English Premier League, claiming the title five times between 2004 and 2016.
Chelsea are also unique when it comes to managerial records. Under Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, Chelsea have one of Europe's highest managerial turnover ratios. Simply put, they're quick to replace managers when the results aren't good enough.
We take a look at five Chelsea managers with the highest win percentage in Premier League history.
[Note: a) Only managers appointed on a permanent basis have been considered; b) Stats have been obtained from wikipedia.org]
#5 Maurizio Sarri - 62%
Maurizio Sarri became Chelsea manager in the summer of 2018 after many successful years in Italy. Sarri's famous 'Sarri-ball' identity became a highlight of Chelsea's play and the Italian was undefeated in his first 12 fixtures.
After a superb start to the season, Chelsea, however, were 'figured out' by opposition teams. Their form soon took a nosedive. Sarri managed to win the 2019 Europa League title with the Blues before leaving at the end of the season for Juventus. With a 62 win percentage, he ranks fifth among the top five Chelsea managers with the highest win percentage in Premier League history.
#4 Thomas Tuchel - 62.5%
After sacking Frank Lampard in January 2021, Chelsea were quick to announce the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, who had parted ways with PSG. The move provided immediate success as Tuchel guided the side to the 2021 UEFA Champions League title.
The German manager's impressive tactics and defensive solidity at the back mean Chelsea are one of the best teams in Europe. With a 62.5 win percentage, Tuchel ranks fourth among the top five Chelsea managers with the highest win percentage in Premier League history.
#3 Antonio Conte - 65%
Antonio Conte was appointed in 2016 following the team's poor run the previous season. The Italian, known for his theatrics and clever possession play, delivered the Premier League on debut as Chelsea set a record of winning 30 matches out of a possible 38.
Conte also won the 2018 FA Cup with Chelsea. However, he was subsequently sacked for his failure to win the league. With a 65 win percentage, Conte ranks third among the top five Chelsea managers with the highest win percentage in Premier League history.
#2 Avram Grant - 67%
Israeli manager Avram Grant's appointment as Jose Mourinho's replacement in 2007 was a surprise move by the Chelsea board, coming as it did just two months after he had been named the club's director of football.
Grant guided the team to the final of the 2008 Champions League and finished second in the Premier League before his contract was terminated at the end of the season. With a 67 win percentage, he ranks second among the top five Chelsea managers with the highest win percentage in Premier League history.
#1 Jose Mourinho - 67% (2004-07)
Jose Mourinho is Chelsea's most successful manager in the Premier League era, having guided the team to three titles. The Portuguese manager's first spell from 2004 to 2007 remains one of the most successful periods for him, as well as Chelsea. With a 67 win percentage, he is number one among the top five Chelsea managers with the highest win percentage in Premier League history.