Chelsea have now paid out over £100m in compensation to former managers in the Roman Abramovich era.
The staggering figure became clear after Chelsea’s latest accounts were released this week showing it cost the club a whopping £26.6m to get rid of Antonio Conte and his staff in July 2018.
That is the most the club has ever paid to axe a manager – though it cost them over £30m in total to twice sack Jose Mourinho and his staff.
Owner Abramovich, who has shelved plans for a new stadium and is rarely seen in London, underlined his continued commitment to Chelsea by paying £247m into the club last season.
That did not prevent them making an overall loss of £96.6m, but the increase in funding bankrolled by the Russian billionaire was much larger than the £69m he pumped into the club the year before.
Chelsea could be set to spend big in the transfer market after having their ban lifted, and are monitoring the likes of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Borussia Dortmund ’s Jadon Sancho.
But it is the cost of sacking eight different managers during Abramovich’s 17 years at the club that was highlighted yesterday.
Conte’s successor Maurizio Sarri was also axed just one year into a three-year deal but Chelsea later ended up managing to agree a £5m fee with Juventus for him to join the Serie A giants.
Former Italy midfielder Conte helped Chelsea win the 2017 Premier League title but was axed with 12 months left on his contract.
The Blues missed out on qualifying for the Champions League in his final season but did win the FA Cup before showing him the door.
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Conte has since been appointed Inter Milan boss, but he claimed unfair dismissal and fought a bitter legal battle for compensation.
A three-person Premier League manager’s arbitration…