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14 Coaches That Have Managed Chelsea Since Abramovich Bought The Club In 2003 And How They Fared

Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich is a Russian-Israeli billionaire businessman who once served as a governor in his home country for eight years (2000-08). Being an ambitious fellow, Abramovich was particular about expanding his financial assets even while in office and on June 2003, he bought Chelsea football club.

Since his arrival, the Blue contingent of West London have transformed into one of the best clubs in the world with seventeen trophies won under the Russian Billionaire. However, the road to Chelsea's success hasn't been an easy one, the club have made several managerial changes as fourteen coaches have been at Stamford Bridge since Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

In view of the above, take a look at the fourteen managers in Abramovich's regime and how they fared;

1- Claudio Ranieri (2000-04)

The Italian was the incumbent manager when Abramovich took charge and only lasted a season under the Russian. During his time, Chelsea won no major honours and that's probably why Abramovich relieved him.

2- Jose Mourinho (2004-07/2013-15)

Arguably the best Chelsea manager under the Abramovich regime so far. Upon his arrival in 2004, the Portuguese led the London club to two consecutive Premier league titles (2005, 2006), but after a mixed 2006-07 campaign, he departed the club and returned again in 2013. In his second spell, the Blues won another Premier league title in 2015, but later that year following series of poor results, the club parted ways with him finally.

3- Avram Grant (2007-08)

He was the man who first replaced Jose Mourinho in 2007 and steered the club to two finals, the Champions league where they lost to Manchester United and the league cup final defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs. Although he battled the Premier league title with the Red Devils till the last day, his contract was terminated at the end of the season.

4- Luiz Felipe Scolari (2008-09)

Another Chelsea manager who had a short spell at the club. He joined on July 2008 and left seven months later owing to deteriorating results.

5- Ray Wilkins (9 February - 15 February 2009)

Following the sacking of Scolari, the late Wilkins briefly took charge of the club for six days pending the arrival of a permanent manager.

6- Guus Hiddink (2009/2015-16)

Like Mourinho, Hiddink had two spells at Stamford Bridge. He was brought to replace Ray Wilkins until the end of the 2008-09 season as Chelsea won the FA Cup with him. On December 2015, he returned in the same capacity he did in 2009 to replace Jose Mourinho till the end of season.

7- Carlo Ancelotti (2009-11)

He spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge winning the Premier league title, the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield.

8- Andre Villas-Boas (2011-2012)

The Portugese was brought to replace Carlo Ancelotti on June 2011, but was gone nine months later following series of abysmal results.

9- Roberto Di Matteo (2012)

He was an assistant to Villas-Boas and after the Portugese left, he took over and managed to save Chelsea's season leading the club to their first ever Champions League victory in dramatic fashions. He also won the FA Cup that year and was tipped to go far with the club, but that wasn't to be the case as Chelsea fired him in November 2012.

10- Rafael Benitez (2012-13)

Taking over from Di Matteo, Benitez led the club to a third place finish in the Premier league as well as success in the Europa league. However, Abramovich didn't see enough to continue with him and so he left at the end of the season.

11- Antonio Conte (2016-2018)

He didn't directly replace Rafael Benitez as other aforementioned managers came in before him. Conte took over from Guus Hiddink and steered Chelsea to Premier league glory in his first season. In his second season, he could only manage a FA Cup win as the Blues finished outside the top four and that culminated into his departure.

12- Maurizio Sarri (2018-19)

Under his management, Chelsea won the Europa league in 2019, but their inconsistency in domestic games cost Sarri his job.

13- Frank Lampard (2019-21)

On 4 July 2019, Lampard was appointed as the new head coach at former club Chelsea on a three-year contract, making him the first English manager to manage the side in over two decades. However, despite all the money spent to recruit players, Lampard failed to keep the club going in the right direction and was fired earlier this year.

14- Thomas Tuchel (2021-present)

Since taking over from Lampard in January, the German has been doing an excellent job with the Blues. He has already won the Champions league and the Super Cup and will be looking to add more silverwares this season in order to keep his job. Let's see how far he can go.

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