Roberto Di Matteo has become the most recent Chelsea manager to part ways with the club and has the distinction of being the 2012-13 Premier League season’s first manager given the sack. Taking his place will be Rafael Benitez, the former Inter and Liverpool manager.
The Russian businessman and billionaire, Roman Abramovich, took control as owner of Chelsea Football Club in June of 2003 since then the manager’s position has become a rather cursed revolving door of who’s who in football managers. There have been firsts for some such as: Jose Mourinho bringing Chelsea their first League title in 50 years in 2004-05, Carlo Ancellotti winning their first League and FA Cup double in 2010 and Roberto Di Matteo winning the 2012 Champions League title.
However, over this 9 year span (and counting as of the time of writing in November 2012) there have now been 9 different managers and they are set to bring on a new manager to add to the list.
Here is a timeline of the Premier League managers for Chelsea under Roman Abramovich:
Claudio Ranieri: current manager when Abramovich purchased the club in June 2003 – May 2004
Jose Mourinho: June 2004 – September 2007
Avram Grant: September 2007 – May 2008
Luiz Felipe Scolari: July 2008 – February 2009
Ray Wilkins: February 2009 – February 2009 (First Team coach took 1 match as caretaker manager)
Guus Hiddink: February 2009 – May 2009 (caretaker till end of 2009 season)
Carlo Ancelotti: June 2009 – May 2011
Andre Villas-Boas: June 2011 – March 2012
Roberto Di Matteo: March 2012 – November 2012 (initially caretaker from March till May, then appointed full time manager to start the 2012 season)
Rafael Benitez: November 2012 – ??
I think that this revolving door policy is bad for business and bad for the Premier League. I’m sure there will always be another manager out there willing to give it a try, but there is always the possibility that someone won’t want the position that would be excellent for it. I suppose there is always the money factor. Not only will the manager get a hefty contract, but they will have plenty of money at their disposal for bringing in new players. This also comes at an added price of attempting to get a system put in place, but not always having the players to use this system.
Either way, Chelsea will continue to operate in this fashion until Abramovich gets bored with the club, sells it and moves on, which will bring even more headaches with it.