So Jose Mourinho is no longer Chelsea manager. The sequel that supporters had such high hopes for had its moments but was ultimately doomed to fail.
Roman Abramovich had no choice in the end. A run of nine defeats from their opening 16 league games meant the Russian had to act. History suggests that usually, at Stamford Bridge, wielding the axe is the only way to guarantee a positive change.
Here, GiveMeSport will see how the Blues have fared after each managerial change since Abramovich took over the club in 2003.
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Claudio Ranieri OUT – Jose Mourinho IN June 2004
Fresh-faced, brimming with confidence and fresh off the back of winning the Champions League with Porto, Mourinho succeeded Claudio Ranieri in the summer of 2004 entrusted with the task of turning them into one of the best teams in the country.
And the Portuguese did not disappoint, delivering the Premier League title in his maiden season and dethroning Arsenal’s Invincibles team in the process.
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Jose Mourinho OUT – Avram Grant IN September 2007
Despite winning back-to-back titles, Mourinho was sacked after Chelsea fell behind Manchester United in the league and their quest to progress to the knockout stages in Europe hit a stumbling block.
Avram Grant came in, much to the displeasure of the Blues supporters, and succeeded where he predecessor had failed by guiding them to the Champions League final.
Avram Grant OUT – Luiz Filipe Scolari IN July 2008
Grant paid for his failure to win a trophy by making way for Luiz Filipe Scolari who had won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002.
He got excitement flowing when he landed Deco from Barcelona, but the sale of Claude Makelele left them light in midfield and their lack of steel would cost them dear over the season.
Luiz Filipe Scolari OUT – Guus Hiddink IN February 2009
Scolari, like Mourinho and Grant, saw his side constantly bettered by Manchester United and was sacked in February 2009 to make way for Guus Hiddink on an interim basis.
The Dutchman lost just once of his 22 games in charge, won the FA Cup and would have guided them to the Champions league final at the expense of Barcelona had it not been for a series of errors by referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.
Guus Hiddink OUT – Carlo Ancelotti IN July 2009
Hiddink laid the foundations for Carlo Ancelotti to thrive with the Italian gaining popularity by helping Chelsea win the league and FA Cup double in his first season in charge.
However, a huge error of judgement to land Fernando Torres prompted his side to slump the following year as United regained the crown.
Carlo Ancelotti OUT – Andre Villas-Boas IN June 2011
Andre Villas-Boas was part of Chelsea’s coaching staff under Mourinho and like his countryman helped dominate the domestic scene with Porto.
Things initially started well, with his summer acquisition of Juan Mata heralded as a shrewd piece of business, but struggles in the dressing room were to cut short his time at Stamford Bridge.
Andre Villas-Boas OUT – Roberto Di Matteo IN March 2012
It was sickening for Villas-Boas that Roberto Di Matteo proceeded to win the Champions League mere months after his acrimonious departure.
And, despite being the least experienced of all of the candidates, he still remains the only man to deliver the trophy Abramovich demands the most.
Roberto Di Matteo OUT – Rafa Benitez IN November 2012
Loved by the fans for his achievements as a player and manager, it was not enough to spare Di Matteo the sack with Abramovich replacing him with the much-revered Rafa Benitez.
Yet the former Liverpool manager proved his critics wrong, leading them to a third-place finish and the Europa League making it two European trophies in as many seasons.
Rafa Benitez OUT – Jose Mourinho IN June 2013
Mourinho returned for a second spell in 2013 and won the club a first league title since the days where Ancelotti ruled the roost.
But now, he has become the latest to depart the capital. He could one day return, but maybe in charge of one of the Blues' fiercest rivals.
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