Chelsea Managers: All-time list of Blues bosses, and how long they lasted

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • 1 Dec 2023 17:10 GMT
  • 4 min read
Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea
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Chelsea have a history of chopping and changing managers at a moment’s notice and nothing epitomises that more than the fact that, upon his appointment in May 2023, Mauricio Pochettino became the club’s fifth different manager in less than 12 months.

Thomas Tuchel began the 2022-23 campaign in charge before he was binned in September 2022 in order for Graham Potter to take over. The Englishman lasted just 31 games before he was sacked with the Blues in 11th place in the Premier League.

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His assistant, Bruno Saltor, then became interim boss, but he lasted only one game before he was replaced by former head coach Frank Lampard.

Lampard joined on an interim basis until the end of the 2022-23 season, but endured a torrid time back at Stamford Bridge. He won just one of his 11 matches in charge, with two draws and eight defeats along the way.

Under his management, the Blues were also knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid and accumulated their lowest points tally in Premier League history.

In 2022, Chelsea changed owners, with American billionaire Todd Boehly taking over following Roman Abramovich’s sale of the club.

Since his reign began, Boehly has spent over €1 billion on new players, including breaking the British transfer record by bringing in Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in January 2023 for €121m.

Enzo Fernandez joined Chelsea in January 2023
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Ken Bates was the Chelsea owner before Abramovich, and with Bates, Abramovich and Boehly, Chelsea have consistently had a larger-than-life figure running the club, which has led to a lot of controversy and demand for results - hence the numerous managerial changes.

In total, Chelsea have had 34 different permanent managers in their history, with 16 since the year 2000.

Chelsea managers list

The record of every Chelsea manager in history

ManagerFromToWin %
Guus HiddinkFebruary 2009May 200973%
Jose MourinhoJune 2004September 200767%
Avram GrantSeptember 2007May 200867%
Antonio ConteJuly 2016July 201865%
Maurizio SarriJuly 2018June 201962%
John Tait RobertsonAugust 1905November 190661%
Carlo AncelottiJuly 2009May 201161%
Thomas TuchelJanuary 2021September 202260%
Jose MourinhoJune 2013December 201559%
Rafael BenitezNovember 2012May 201358%
Roberto Di MatteoMarch 2012November 201257%
Luiz Felipe ScolariJuly 2008February 200956%
Claudio RanieriSeptember 2000May 200454%
Gianluca VialliFebruary 1998September 200053%
Frank LampardJuly 2019January 202152%
Ruud GullitMay 1996February 199849%
Andre-Villas BoasJune 2011March 201248%
Tommy DochertyOctober 1961October 196747%
Bobby CampbellMarch 1988May 199147%
Mauricio PochettinoJuly 2023Present44%
Dave SextonOctober 1967October 197444%
Geoff HurstSeptember 1979April 198143%
John NealMay 1981June 198541%
David CalderheadAugust 1907May 193340%
John HollinsJune 1985March 198839%
Graham PotterSeptember 2022April 202339%
Eddie McCreadieApril 1975July 197738%
Ted DrakeJune 1952September 196137%
Guus HiddinkDecember 2015June 201637%
Leslie KnightonMay 1933April 193934%
Ian PorterfieldJune 1991February 199334%
Glenn HoddleJune 1993May 199634%
Billy BirellApril 1939May 195233%
Ron SuartOctober 1974April 197424%
Ken ShellitoJuly 1977December 197823%
Danny BlanchflowerDecember 1978September 197916%

Who is the current Chelsea manager?

Mauricio Pochettino is the current Chelsea manager. The former Tottenham Hotspur boss was appointed in May 2023 after Lampard’s dismal interim spell. He signed a two-year contract at the club after agreeing to take over at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino’s most recent job before Chelsea was at Paris Saint-Germain in France. He boasted a 68% win rate at the Parc des Princes, but was sacked in 2022. He had previously spent five years as Tottenham’s manager. Before his spell at Spurs, he was in charge at Southampton and Espanyol.

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