Chelsea’s record after sacking managers midseason and what it means for Thomas Tuchel

It’s no secret that Chelsea have a penchant for sacking managers – Roman Abramovich has churned through ten of them in 18 years as owner of the club.

It started with Claudio Ranieri, who lasted only one season of the Abramovich era after he purchased the club after finishing second to Arsenal’s invincibles before he was given the boot.

The tenth is Frank Lampard, who was binned on Monday after losing five of his last eight games. He is set to be replaced by former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, who should be in position for Wednesday’s Premier League match with Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

There is never a good time to be sacked by for Chelsea, they have often benefited from getting rid of their current manager during the season. One replacement in the midst of a campaign went on to win the Champions League and FA Cup while another won the Europa League.

In 2009 and just seven months after taking the job, Chelsea sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager with the team seven points adrift of Manchester United who were in fourth place at the time.

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Ray Wilkins was named temporary manager while a replacement was found and that was Guus Hiddink.

The Dutchman would lose only one game for the remainder of the Premier League campaign, a 1-0 loss to Spurs at White Hart Lane, and drew only one as well with Everton in April 2009, winning the rest (13).

Andre Villas-Boas lasted only nine months as Blues manager having been appointed to the job in 2011.

The Portuguese manager was ditched after a 1-0 defeat to West Brom and a run of three wins in 12 games.

He was replaced by Robberto Di Matteo as caretaker who would lose only one of his first eight games before suffering back-to-back losses against Newcastle and Liverpool as the Blues finished sixth in the table.

The Italian will always be remembered for his time as manager though for one reason that…


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