Chelsea’s firing of Thomas Tuchel as manager comes as no surprise. The Blues are famously impatient with their coaches and have now fired seven managers in the last ten years. Some were of the opinion that this club culture of sacking managers would change after Roman Abramovich sold the club and new owner Todd Boehly stepped in. The London club continue to echo city band The Who’s famous line “Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss” from their song Won’t Get Fooled Again.
The Mourinho saga
Jose Mourinho has had two stints with Chelsea. While he walked out of the club during his first run as their manager, during his second stint, The Special One was shown the door after Chelsea lost nine out of 16 games of their opening 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
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Despite having considerable success in his two short stints as manager, Hiddink was also shown the door after the 2015-16 season. He took over charge of the club after Mourinho quit and remained unbeaten in his first 12 games as manager. Hiddink too was let go by Chelsea when the season ended.
The Italian, who has won four Champions Leagues as a manager till date, was the Chelsea gaffer in 2009-11. Although he helped Chelsea win the FA Cup in his first season as manager, Ancelotti was shown the door after an uninspiring performance midway in his second season.
Andres Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo
The two back-to-back Chelsea managers met a similar fate at the London club. AVB was sacked nine months into his job while Di Matteo, his assistant who succeeded him, was let go despite helping the club win an FA Cup and the Champions League within six months of his appointment.
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The Italian manager started his Chelsea career by winning the Premier League and followed it up with an FA Cup win in the second season. Things fell apart when Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League the next season and Conte was soon ousted from the club.