Win percentage of every Chelsea manager in the Roman Abramovich era

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 18 June 2019, 14:20

Roman Abramovich has opened up the search for his 12th managerial appointment since taking charge of Chelsea in the summer of 2003.

The last incumbent, Maurizio Sarri, lasted only a year at the helm, before he was lured back to Italy with Juventus, and it’s no secret that Chelsea are interested in bringing back club legend Frank Lampard as manager.

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The turnover in managers under Abramovich has been rapid, however there’s no denying that the trigger-happy owner’s approach has worked wonders in regards to trophies. But, as many managers have found out, winning silverware is not often enough to keep them in a job at Stamford Bridge...

Below we take a look at the Win Rate of every Chelsea manager (10+ games) who has worked under Abramovich.

For the purpose of this article a win in extra-time counts as a win, however penalty shoot-outs count as a draw.

Guus Hiddink (2): 37%

Bottom of the barrel is Guus Hiddink whose second spell at Chelsea ended in a Win Rate of 37%. To view this number without context would be harsh on the Dutchman, who had to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Jose Mourinho’s shambolic second exit in December 2015. The Portuguese coach left behind a confidence crushed side who were incredibly one point above the relegation zone.

In the end Hiddink steadied the ship and in turn actually set a new Premier League record for the longest unbeaten streak as a new manager: 12 games.

Andre Villas Boas: 47.5%

Andre Villas Boas’ presence in the lower echelons isn’t a shock. The Portuguese coach, aged just 33 at the time, was billed as the ‘New Mourinho’ upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge only to leave after a tumultuous nine months during which he fell out with a raft of players who failed to buy into his ideas.

A few months later AVB’s replacement, assistant Roberto Di Matteo, led Chelsea to a Champions League and FA Cup double. Football eh?

Luis Felipe Scolari: 55.56%

In 2008 Chelsea appointed a World Cup winning manager in the form of Luiz Felipe Scolari. It was the Brazlian’s first club post in seven years - and first in Europe - but after a flying start a fall in form resulted in the sack seven months into his tenure.

Roberto Di Matteo: 57.1%

In the history of football management it’s difficult to find a spell quite like Roberto Di Matteo’s brief stint at Chelsea. In March 2012, after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, Di Matteo was elevated into the hotseat for the remaining three months of the season.

Come May, he’d conjured up a miraculous double: FA Cup and the Champions League. He was subsequently handed the permanent job, only to be axed a few months into the following season.

Rafa Benitez: 58.3%

An unpopular interim appointment given he managed Liverpool and previously fired shots at Chelsea. The Blues fans never warmed to the Spaniard but his record was actually very good. He won the Europa League, led the club back into the Champions League, reached two domestic semi-finals, and finished runners-up in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Jose Mourinho (2): 58.8%

Jose Mourinho didn’t quite live up to the dazzling heights of his first spell, but after a trophyless first season back, he then recorded a league and League Cup double, only to completely crumble in that infamous third-season. He’s not been the same since.

Claudio Ranieri: 61%

Claudio Ranieri’s overall Chelsea Win Rate is 53.77%, however this includes the three years prior to Abramovich’s arrival. If we focus on his solitary season under the Russian billionaire, Ranier’s Win Rate is enhanced to 61%, placing him above the likes of Jose Mourinho (second spell), Rafa Benitez, and Roberto Di Matteo.

In his final season Ranieri led Chelsea to 2nd - their best-ever finish at the time - and the semi-finals of the Champions League, a competition that was won by a certain Jose Mourinho that season..

Carlo Ancelotti: 61.47%

Carlo Ancelotti absolutely whizzed out of the blocks, winning the title and FA Cup in his first season, with his Chelsea side the first Premier League team to break the 100 goals barrier (103). The Londoners may have finished the following campaign trophyless, but the decision to then sack the Italian was a harsh one to say the least.

Maurizio Sarri: 61.9%

Up next we have Maurizio Sarri who left Chelsea this week with a 61.9% Win Rate. It was a topsy-turvy season but one that ultimately ended on a positive note. ‘Sarri-ball’ may have flopped, but Sarri still led Chelsea to Europa League glory, a League Cup final, and 3rd in the league. However, the lure of Juventus ultimately proved too strong.

Antonio Conte: 65.1%

Antonio Conte stormed to the league title in his first season with a record haul of wins: 30. That’s a Win Rate of 78.9%. The Blues slumped to 5th the following campaign, 30 points adrift of record-breaking Man City, but on the plus side Conte did lift the FA Cup at the expense of Mourinho.

Avram Grant: 66.67%

Perhaps a surprise presence in third spot in this list. Avram Grant - then Director of football - replaced Jose Mourinho in September 2007 following the latter’s controversial departure. Much was made of Grant’s personal relationship with Roman Abramovich, especially given the fact he didn’t have the mandatory UEFA coaching qualifications. The first Israeli to manage an English club was then bizarrely handed a four-year contract in December.

Under Grant Chelsea suffered two agonising Cup Final defeats. The first of which was an extra-time loss to rivals Spurs in the League Cup final, then were beaten on penalties by Man Utd in the Champions League final, with John Terry infamously missing what would have been the winning spot-kick. To make matters worse United had beaten Grant’s Chelsea by two points in the league.

The Champions League heartbreak ultimately cost Grant his job, as Abramovich brought in Luiz Felipe Scolari as his replacement...

Jose Mourinho (1): 67%

Jose Mourinho became Abramovich’s first managerial appointment in the summer of 2004 following his stunning Champions League success with Porto. Mourinho arrived on English soil bolding claiming he was the ‘Special One’ - a statement which became increasingly difficult to argue against, after he won the League Cup and Premier League - with a record points haul - in his debut season. He retained the title in his second season, then scooped both domestic cups in his third.

Chelsea’s most successful manager then abruptly left a month into his fourth year. Remarkably he failed to lose a single league game at the Bridge.

Guus Hiddink (1): 72.73%

Guus Hiddink features at the bottom and top of this list, with both spells as interim manager. His first was particularly stunning. He may have only overseen 22 matches, but 16 resulted in victory, including an FA Cup triumph. In fact, he only lost one match, and agonisingly missed out on a Champions League final after Barcelona’s last-gasp goal.

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