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.
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.
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