Chelsea’s new boss Thomas Tuchel knows he is under pressure right from the off after replaced sacked Frank Lampard.
The club’s owner Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience with managers – as proved by the staggering amount he has spent on sacking them.
Antonio Conte pocketed the single-biggest payout of the 10 bosses who have had the chop during the Abramovich era.
The Italian is believed to have been paid £26.6million compensation when he was sacked in 2018 – having won the FA Cup just a year after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title.
But club legend Jose Mourinho has been the biggest beneficiary overall, after being sacked twice despite bringing the club huge success.
Roman Abramovich demands success having ploughed more than £1bn into Chelsea
Mourinho’s contract is believed to have been paid off to the tune of £23.1m when his first spell as manager came to an end in 2007.
And he received another £8.3m when he was axed for a second time in 2015 – making for a whopping £31.9m in total.
The Portuguese boss delivered three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three League Cups, as well as regular Champions League qualification, so Abramovich may well have felt he got value for money.
The payouts to Conte and Mourinho make up more than half of an eye-watering total of more than £110m spent by Chelsea to pay off manager’s contracts since Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Jose Mourinho has been paid almost £40m in compensation after two spells in charge
Antonio Conte was sacked despite winning two trophies in two seasons
Claudio Ranieri received £6m when he was given the boot in 2004 to make way for Mourinho.
Mourinho’s successor Avram Grant received the lowest payout with a measly £5.2m in 2008, while Luiz Felipe Scolari was paid £12.6m just nine months later.
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