The trend of sacking coaches by Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich
Chelsea Football Club was founded in 1905 and is one of the best clubs in premier league history. The club is one of the most successful clubs in the last decade. In total, the club has won 27 major trophies, including 6 leagues titles and 1 UEFA Champions League.
Roman Abramovich who took over in 2003, has sacked many (Chelsea FC) managers during his ownership. Chelsea FC has changed the most number of managers in the Abramovich era as some bad performances have triggered the sacking button and many big names have ended up getting axed.
Here is the list of Chelsea managers since 2003, who has been sacked :
Claudio Ranieri – September 2000-May 2004
The Italian was in charge of the club when Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2003. After purchasing some players with big money tags, he led Chelsea to a second-place finish in the Premier League and till the semi-finals of the Champions League but was sacked at the end of the season. A second finish in the premier league is not a bad result that shouldn't become a cause of sacking, so it came as a bit surprise for the Chelsea fans.
Antonio Conte - July 2016-July 2018
The Italian manager won the debut season title with Chelsea in which the team was unbeaten for 13 matches and finished with astonishing 30 wins in 38 matches.
A lot was expected from Chelsea in the next 2017-18 season but things were not the same. Opponent teams now had better planning and understanding about his tactical decisions and his stubbornness with 3-4-3 combinations cost the team losing many matches. The team finished 5th in the league which resulted in his sacking. For a manager who has won 1st season in charge, sacking after a 2nd season didn't look fair.
Roberto Di Matteo - March 2012-November 2012
Assistant Manager Di Matteo was appointed as the interim manager of the Chelsea team after the sacking of coach André Villas-Boas. The team was struggling under the supervision of the previous coach and not a lot was expected from the new caretaker manager. To everyone's surprise, Chelsea pipped Bayern Munich in the finals of Champions league 2012 and won their first champions league trophy. For such a grand success, he should have been awarded a good contract and a chance to be the permanent coach of the Chelsea football club but that didn't happen.