Chelsea’s staggering sack culture under Abramovich revealed… but they’re still not as bad as other trigger-happy Premier League clubs
CHELSEA have yet again seen another boss leave the club, as Maurizio Sarri walked away from Stamford Bridge to join Juventus.
The Blues have long been infamous for their sacking culture under owner Roman Abramovich, who took over in 2003.
Since that day 16 years ago, Chelsea have seen 13 different managers at the club.
After Claudio Ranieri’s sacking at the end of Abramovich‘s debut season in England, Jose Mourinho arrived and oversaw three seasons – 185 games in total.
Since 2003-04, the average number of games overseen by a Premier League manager is just 60.
And while the Blues are synonymous with swinging the axe on “under-performing” bosses, they somehow boast an average of 71 games per manager.
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That total is significantly hindered thanks to two different spells from Guus Hiddink of under 30 matches – 22 in 2009 and 27 in 2015-16.
In fact, just FOUR bosses of the 13 sit above the Premier League average of 60 matches – Mourinho (185 and 136), Carlo Ancelotti (109), Antonio Conte (106) and Sarri (63).
Last week, Italian chief Sarri, 60, revealed he was leaving Stamford Bridge after a single season, joining Serie A champions Juventus for a £7million compensation package.
He led Chelsea to Europa League triumph and Champions League qualification after finishing third in the Premier League in just 11 months.
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Despite that, he still lasted LESS time than the average Blues boss – by eight games.
But that’s hardly Chelsea’s fault… this time, at least.
The former Napoli boss told the club he wanted to leave immediately after the Europa League win over Arsenal, with Chelsea claiming he wanted to spend more time with his elderly parents.
Now, Chelsea are hoping to secure their boss for the long-haul, Frank Lampard, as the club prepares to embark on its two-window transfer ban.