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Every Chelsea manager’s PPG ratio under Roman Abramovich


You would have thought being a Chelsea manager or head coach would be fun.

The Blues have traditionally had a lot of money to spend, have been serial winners for the past two decades, and have a terrific infrastructure that’s in place for heaps of future success.

But since Roman Abramovich took over as manager of the club in 2003, we’ve also seen one thing that is sorely lacking when things get a little tough in West London.


Roman Abramovich
The first years of the Abramovich ownership were an incredible success | Ben Radford / Getty Images

Yes, when the going gets tough, rather than waiting until the end and letting things turn around – or the players to fold and settle in – the trigger is pulled on the responsible, ready for the next poor soul to. enter and pants £ 15million. in compensation very welcome.

With these costly feelings at the forefront of our minds, which of the directors to serve under Abramovich was the most successful? Here, 90 mins details each man’s record for Premier League points per game to sit permanently – or provisionally – in the dugout.

The writing was on the wall for Lampard after he failed to get his big signatures fired
Writing was on the wall for Lampard after he failed to get his big names fired | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

PL games: 57
PPG: 1.67
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 52%

Frank Lampard’s appointment as head coach came as a bit of a surprise considering he had only been in the management game with Derby County for a year.

But with his legendary status at the Secure Club, what could possibly go wrong for Lamps after qualifying for the Champions League on first request?

It turns out that anything could – with his sacking on January 25, 2021, the result of not making the most of a number of money signings.

Villas-Boas cut a dejected figure most often
Villas-Boas made a shot most often | Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

PL games: 27
PPG: 1.70
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 48%

AVB arrived at Stamford Bridge in the early 2010s, considered the best thing since sliced ​​bread.

Sadly, the Portuguese boss had become a bit flawed after his Mourinho-style exploits in Porto, winning just 19 of the 40 games he had taken on. His tenure came to an end after just nine months, and he decided to celebrate his dismissal by swinging against fierce and fierce rivals Tottenham.


Ranieri was universally loved at Chelsea
Ranieri was universally loved at Chelsea | Stu Forster / Getty Images

PL games: 146
PPG: 1.82
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 54%

There is not a single person in the world who has more than love for Claudio Ranieri.

Not a single person other than Abramovich, that is, who publicly (basically) advertised Ranieri’s job and searched for his successor right under his nose, as if it was a normal thing to do.

The Italian did his best under very difficult circumstances, retained his dignity and even finished second at Arsenal’s Invincibles in the 2003/04 season. He then got the boot for the benefit of a rather special era.

Roberto Di Matteo
Di Matteo won the Champions League | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

PL games: 23
PPG: 1.83
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 57%

After Villas-Boas was sent back to the pitch, Abramovich turned to Roberto Di Matteo for a helping hand in the management canoe – and the decision to bring the Italian in turned out to be a masterstroke .

Chelsea have won the Champions League, qualified for next year’s edition and prepared for a bright future. Except that Di Matteo was not really part of that bright future, taking over after losing just nine of the 42 games he took on.

His record of points per game in the Prem? 1.83.

Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri was a winner of the Europa League | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

PL games: 38
PPG: 1.89
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 62%

After an arduous and very public pursuit by Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea have finally got their man back and shipped the Italian and his 40,000 packs of Marlboro cigarettes in time for the 2018/19 season.

The end result was a country plagued by “Sarri-ball” fever and a cranky man from Naples wondering what he had done to be torn week after week for his supposed tactical flaws.

Sarri delivered the Europa League but everything had a bit too much for him, and he fled into the sunset after racking up 1.89 Premier League points per game in his only season at the helm.

Guus Hiddink
Hiddink has two acting spells in charge of Chelsea | Clive Mason / Getty Images

PL games: 34
PPG: 1.94
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 53%

If you’re in trouble and need a lawyer, you better call Saul.

If you have relegation issues and need to stay awake, you better call Big Sam.

And if you need a temp boss that’s willing to come in and do a job for a few months while you try to poach someone else’s manager, you better call Guus.

That’s what Chelsea have done twice anyway – with the Dutchman taking the reins after the departures of Luiz Felipe Scolari and Jose Mourinho. He was doing well, and knew that making a “long term” commitment was probably unnecessary.

Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari struggled to implement its methods | Phil Cole / Getty Images

PL games: 25
PPG: 1.96
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 56%

In one of the strangest moves of 2008, Abramovich decided he wanted to send losing Champions League finalist Avram Grant to race in favor of famous loonie Luiz Felipe Scolari.

As many expected, that decision backfired and the Brazilian lost his job after seven months. On second thought, his numbers actually weren’t that bad – and he even had the good grace to basically admit that a big payday was his main motivation for joining.

Rafa Benitez
Benitez was greatly underrated for everything he did at Chelsea | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

PL games: 26
PPG: 1.96
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 58%

While Scolari’s appointment was odd, the decision to bring Rafa Benitez in after everything went wrong with Di Matteo was downright bizarre.

The Spaniard won the Champions League with Liverpool, coached them for six years and 350 games, and had an incredible rapport with his supporters. Inevitably, he overcame all the adversity and rebuke from Chelsea fans to win the Europa League and finish third in the Premier League – securing a return to the Champions League.

Zero to the hero in six months, gentle Rafa.

Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti has ended Manchester United’s Premier League title streak | Chris Brunskill / Getty Images

PL games: 76
PPG: 2.07
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 61%

When Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Chelsea in 2009, there was a feeling he was the man to bring long term success. and stability.

In his debut season, Ancelotti delivered the goods, leading a conquering Chelsea to their first Premier League title since Jose Mourinho left in 2007.

But when he couldn’t repeat the feat in his sophomore year, Ancelotti was eliminated – despite his excellent overall record, which included 2.07 points per Premier League game played.

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte revolutionized English football with his tactics | Michael Regan / Getty Images

PL games: 76
PPG: 2.14
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 65%

After the second part of Hiddink’s temporary stint in the Chelsea hot seat, the Blues turned to former Juventus and Italy boss Antonio Conte.

His reign got off to a fairly ordinary start, but a tactical adjustment proved not only to be a masterstroke, but a revolutionary formation change that continues to be widely implemented to this day.

Chelsea galloped to the title, were really brilliant, but only managed to achieve FA Cup success in their second season. After a bit of media build-up and a truckload of negative press, the inevitable happened and Conte left.

Jose mourinho
Mourinho came back to win the Premier League again | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

PL games: 212
PPG: 2.19
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 67%

Ranieri’s departure in 2004 was sad enough for everyone associated with football, but it also turned out to be one of the most pivotal moments in the history of the sport.

Through the gates of Stamford Bridge came an arrogant and selfish world champion called Jose Mourinho – who quickly proclaimed he was the “special”.

Miraculously, he wasn’t just full of enthusiasm and hot air, Mourinho really was the real deal. He has won back-to-back Premier League titles, towering over anyone who came before him, but paid the price for failing with Abramovich and not conquering Europe.

A second spell offered more domestic success, but Roman hasn’t had it yet when things went south in Europe and they went off the rails in the Premier League. Yet their greatest boss of all time.

Chelsea coach Avram Grant is pictured
Avram Grant was a complete stranger – but his Premier League record was exceptional | AFP / Getty Images

PL games: 32
PPG: 2.31
Overall percentage of wins (all lineups): 67%

Incredibly, Mourinho’s 2007 replacement Avram Grant – whom no one had really heard of – is the club’s most successful Premier League manager, if you use the points per game ratio.

He racked up 2.31 in the 32 games he took charge and led the Blues to the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United in rain-soaked Moscow.

A slip of John Terry and Nicolas Anelka later misses and he was out there, punished, shocked, for not bringing silverware to West London.