Breaking down the £110m spent on Chelsea managers sacked by Roman Abramovich and who got what

The amount of compensation paid to Chelsea managers and their backroom staff has exceeded £110million since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2004 following confirmation that the decision to sack Antonio Conte in the summer of 2018 cost £26.6million.

While about £9million of that sum went to Conte, the rest was paid to his large team of coaching staff and included legal costs.

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It was the biggest payout since Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge, which cost £23million in total including the Portuguese’s staff.

Only two of the 11 managers, including Maurizio Sarri, that have departed Stamford Bridge under Abramovich’s ownership have not received a pay-out: Guus Hiddink and Rafael Benitez.

Among others to receive a significant sum were Andre Villas-Boas, £12million in March 2012, and Luiz Felipe Scolari, £12.6million in February 2009.

The true cost of letting Conte go two seasons into a three-year contract were revealed in the publication of the club’s accounts up to June 2019.

”Exceptional items in the current year of £26.6million relate to changes in respect of the men’s team management and coaching staff, together with associated legal costs,” read the accounts.

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Chelsea’s pay-offs under Abramovich

Maurizio Sarri (July 2019): Unknown
Antonio Conte (July 2018): £26.6m (incl staff and legal fees; Conte got £9m)
Guus Hiddink (May 2016): None
Jose Mourinho (Dec 2015): £8.3m (incl staff)
Rafael Benítez (May 2013): None
Roberto Di Matteo (Nov 2012): £10.7m
Andre Villas-Boas (March 2012): £12m
Carlo Ancelotti (May 2011): £6m
Luiz Felipe Scolari (Feb 2009): £12.6m
Avram Grant (May 2008): £5.2m
Jose Mourinho (Sept 2007): £23m (incl staff)
Claudio Ranieri (May 2004): £6m