Chelsea have just shocked the footballing world once more by sacking Thomas Tuchel.
Despite the German coach leading the Blues to the Champions League title just 18 months ago, the manager has been kicked out of the hotseat at the club after a terrible start to the season under new owners.
Todd Boehly, who made the decision to axe Tuchel, took over the club earlier this year from Roman Abramovich. But Chelsea have a track record of getting rid of managers without a moment's hesitance long before the American owner took over.
Here we take a look at some of the most brutal sackings that the west London side have ever made.
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Carlo Ancelotti guided the Blues to the Premier League title in the 2009/10 season by a record number of points and goals – while even landing the FA Cup.
But that was not enough for Abramovich, who decided that the Italian needed to be booted out. He was let go following Chelsea's first season without a trophy for the first time in what was then three years.
They missed out in the Premier League to Manchester United, which then followed exits in the Champions League, FA Cup, and League Cup during the season. The eyebrow-raising boss was let go.
But the worst part about it is that Ancelotti went on to tin titles in Spain, Germany and France.
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Club legend Frank Lampard enjoyed a decent spell at Derby County before he was chosen to come in for a spell at Stamford Bridge in 2019.
The same year, the former England international eventually guided Chelsea to 4th in the Premier League, earning a Champions League spot, while they also reached the FA Cup final – where they lost to Arsenal. Not bad at all.
However, the following season didn’t work out so well, and Lampard was sacked halfway through the season, with Tuchel coming in. No sentimentality spared.
Roberto Di Matteo
Another former player who was out of his depth as Chelsea boss. But in the Italian coach, the club achieved their very first Champions League trophy in 2012, as well as the FA Cup.
Not bad for a stopgap. But the subsequent year proved to be Di Matteo’s downfall. After the side handed him a permanent contract in the summer, he was sacked following their 3–0 away loss to Juventus in the Champions League – a result basically eliminated them from the competition. Even winning the biggest trophy doesn't give you much leeway with this club.
Di Matteo went on to have roles at Schalke and Aston Villa but failed to do anything at each and has not coached since 2016.
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Chelsea hired Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008, and it meant that he became the first World Cup-winning manager to be in the Premier League.
He brought in the likes of compatriot Deco to bolster the side in the middle. With another summer transfer window, it was felt the Brazilian boss could have really done something with the sider.
Scolari was sacked in February 2009 after a run of poor form – with losses at Liverpool followed and a 0–0 home draw with Hull City. The club stated at the time that "the results and performances of the team appeared to be deteriorating at a key time in the season".
It was a bizarre sacking nonetheless.
Antonio Conte joined up with Chelsea in 2016 – and his spell with the club is how he truly made his mark. In January 2017, he became the first manager in history to win three consecutive Premier League Manager of the Month awards (October, November and December). And we went on to win the league in his first season.
But the following year, things weren’t so good. The former Juventus player won the FA Cup but Chelsea finished fifth in the league at the end of the season and so missed out on Champions League qualification. Conte was then sacked.
Despite being well-loved, Claudio Ranieri was never going to last under at Chelsea under their newfound Russian ownership.
Jose Mourinho’s kept cropping up and, by some accounts, ‘overshadowed the Italian's preparations for the Champions League semi-finals’, which he lost to Monaco.
Chelsea made second in the Premier League, their highest for almost 50 years, but that was not enough to convince Abramovich to keep his current man. Ranieri was let go after the 2003/04 season.
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