Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel parted ways on Wednesday 7th of September 2022 after a winless run in the 2022/23 season making him the 5th longest serving manager at the Bridge.
Tuchel was sacked after Chelsea’s slow start of the season, drawing with Tottenham, losing to Leeds United and Southampton, and only managed to win one against West Ham in the Premier League new season.
It was a thing of surprise as the official Chelsea social media handle announced the sack on their Twitter handle on Wednesday morning just a few hours after they lost their first match of the 2022/23 Champions League campaign to Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.
Inarguably, Chelsea are one of the largest football clubs in the world. The Premier League side have won almost every club football title in the history of the club including Champions League and Europa League titles.
Chelsea is a conventional English team, which Roman Abramovic, the club’s previous owner, and a Russian oligarch, took over as manager in 2003.
The millionaire was successful in turning the West London club into one of the most powerful and prosperous teams in Europe.
The club’s winning mentality has led to the hiring of a few top-tier managers by the Blues.
The West London team has a history of severing relations with managers who don’t do well for the team. The majority of coaches at Stamford Bridge’s long-term future has been significantly impacted by this.
Many managers have been fired from their positions at Chelsea over the years. As a result, four of the club’s coaches in recent years with the longest tenures are identified and discussed below:
Claudio Ranieri (1352 Days)
Ranieri made a concerted effort to get beyond the language barrier when serving as Chelsea’s head coach from 18 September 2000 until 30 May 2004.
He could barely speak English when he first got to the London club, but there were a few players there who could speak Italian and Spanish, and they could communicate for him on the training field.
He led them to the FA Cup final in 2002 and the Champions League for the first time in 2003, but he was unable to elevate them to the pinnacle of English football.
After over a year of rumors, including the club’s widely publicized pursuit of Eriksson, he was officially dismissed of his Chelsea coaching duties on May 31, 2004, and José Mourinho, who had previously coached Porto to successive European championships, took over.
Chelsea’s total points increased year over year during Ranieri’s four seasons in charge.
Jose Mourinho (1204 Days and 927Days)
Mourinho, a Portuguese manager, has led the Blues to some of their best results in the team’s history.
At Stamford Bridge during the Abramovich era, Jose Mourinho contributed to creating a winning culture that did set an example for subsequent managers.
He was in charge of the Blues for two distinct eras. He managed The Blues for a total of 1204 days during his first tenure and 927 days during his second.
At Stamford Bridge, Mourinho won eight trophies in all, including three Premier League championships. The club he coached in 2004–05 still retains the record for the fewest goals allowed in a season (15).
Antonio Conte (741 Days)
Antonio Conte, an Italian, had a spectacular tenure with the Blues, leading the West London team for two full seasons.
One of the top football managers in the world, Antonio Conte made a name for himself while at Chelsea.
He joined the Blues in April 2016 and later won the FA Cup and Premier League. In the end, he was fired by the club’s management in 2018.
Conte was in command of the West London giants for a total of 741 days.
Carlo Ancelotti (690 Days)
Carlo Ancelotti, an Italian tactician, was another well-known manager who was let go by Chelsea.
The 63-year-old manager is one of only a few Italian managers that have had success throughout the years with the West London team.
During the Abramovic era, Ancelotti joined the English giants in June 2009 and coached the Blues for a total of 690 days.
Ancelotti won the Premier League and the FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea, completing the domestic double.
The Italian tactician had a stellar record of 67 wins, 20 draws, and 22 losses in 109 games before being fired in May 2011.
Thomas Tuchel (589 Days)
Compared to past managers at the club, the German strategist oversaw Chelsea for a fairly extended amount of time.
Following the firing of club legend Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel was chosen to take over as manager of the West London club in January 2021. The Blues were under his leadership for about 20 months. Recently, he lost his job.
589 days have been calculated as Tuchel’s overall time in charge of the West London club. Additionally, he was able to present a few significant awards during that time.
The German coach led the Blues to three victories, including the club’s second UEFA Champions League crown. Over the course of all contests, he won 62 games, drew 19, and lost 18.