List of Chelsea F.C. managers

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Roberto Di Matteo is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League for Chelsea

The first manager of Chelsea Football Club was John Tait Robertson, appointed in 1905. The club's current manager is José Mourinho. Chelsea have had 27 permanent managers (of whom four also served as player-manager), and eight caretaker managers.

Chelsea's first ever manager was Scottish wing-half John Tait Robertson, who continued to play for the club until he resigned a year later. David Calderhead is Chelsea's longest-serving manager, holding the position from 1907–33, spanning 966 matches. Chelsea's shortest reigning permanent manager is Danny Blanchflower, who was in charge for 32 games. Statistically Chelsea's least successful manager is also Blanchflower, who won just 16% of his 32 matches in charge.

The first manager under whom Chelsea won a major trophy was Ted Drake, who guided the club to the league championship in the 1954–55 season. Tommy Docherty, Dave Sexton, Ruud Gullit, Gianluca Vialli, José Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benítez have also won major trophies with the club.

Drake led Chelsea to its first league title in 1955, while Sexton managed the club to their first European honour, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph in 1971 and Vialli guided Chelsea to win the 1998 UEFA Super Cup. Mourinho has won the most domestic titles, whereas Ancelotti led Chelsea to their first league and FA Cup "Double". Di Matteo won the first UEFA Champions League for Chelsea in 2012. A year after, Benítez led the club to win the UEFA Europa League, becoming the first club to hold two major European titles simultaneously and one of four clubs, and the only British club, to have won all three of UEFA's major club competitions.

List of managers[edit]

  • Figures correct as of 26 October 2014. Includes all competitive matches

This list of all managers includes performance records and honours.
M = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against

Picture Name Nationality From To M W D L F A Win%[1] Honours Notes
John Tait Robertson[nb 1]  Scotland 1 August 1905 27 November 1906 54 33 10 11 126 57 61% [2][3]
William Lewis[nb 2]  England 27 November 1906 1 August 1907 27 17 5 5 54 25 63% [2]
David Calderhead  Scotland 1 August 1907 8 May 1933 966 385 239 342 1376 1305 40% [2][4]
Leslie Knighton  England 8 May 1933 19 April 1939 269 92 69 108 419 446 34% [2][5]
Billy Birrell  Scotland 19 April 1939 31 May 1952 293 97 77 119 410 462 33% [2][6]
Ted Drake.jpg Ted Drake  England 1 June 1952 30 September 1961 426 156 103 167 771 772 37% see below [2][7]
Tommy Docherty  Scotland 1 October 1961 6 October 1967 303 142 65 96 526 422 47% see below [2][8]
Ron Suart[nb 2]  England 6 October 1967 23 October 1967 2 0 1 1 1 8 0% [2]
Dave Sexton  England 23 October 1967 3 October 1974 371 164 107 100 569 430 44% see below [2][9]
Ron Suart  England 3 October 1974 16 April 1975 34 8 12 14 38 62 24% [2][10]
Eddie McCreadie  Scotland 16 April 1975 1 July 1977 97 37 33 27 141 133 38% [2][11]
Ken Shellito  England 7 July 1977 13 December 1978 66 15 19 32 77 115 23% [2][12]
Danny Blanchflower  Northern Ireland 14 December 1978 11 September 1979 32 5 8 19 34 68 16% [2][13]
Geoff Hurst (2).jpg Geoff Hurst  England 13 September 1979 23 April 1981 81 35 19 27 108 89 43% [2][14]
Bobby Gould[nb 2]  England 23 April 1981 May 1981 2 0 0 2 0 5 0% [2][15]
John Neal  England 28 May 1981 11 June 1985 203 84 61 58 326 253 41% see below [2][16]
John Hollins  England 11 June 1985 6 March 1988 145 56 38 51 199 217 39%[nb 3] see below [2][17]
Bobby Campbell  England 6 March 1988 12 May 1991 165 77 47 41 287 233 47% see below [2][18]
Ian Porterfield  Scotland 11 June 1991 15 February 1993 90 31 28 31 106 119 34%[nb 3] [2][19]
David Webb[nb 2]  England 15 February 1993 11 May 1993 13 5 4 4 19 18 38% [2][20]
Glenn Hoddle2.jpg Glenn Hoddle[nb 1]  England 4 June 1993 10 May 1996 157 53 54 50 192 182 34%[nb 4] [2][21]
Ruud Gullit Face Shot 2010.jpg Ruud Gullit[nb 1]  Netherlands 10 May 1996 12 February 1998 83 41 18 24 157 109 49%[nb 5] see below [2][22]
Gianluca Vialli[nb 1]  Italy 12 February 1998 12 September 2000 143 76 38 29 223 123 53% see below [2][23]
Graham Rix[nb 2]  England 13 September 2000 17 September 2000 2 1 0 1 1 2 50% [2][24]
Claudio Ranieri Inter.jpg Claudio Ranieri  Italy 17 September 2000 31 May 2004 199 107 46 46 358 197 54% [2][25]
JoseMourinho.jpg José Mourinho  Portugal 2 June 2004 19 September 2007 185 124 40 21 330 119 67%[nb 6] see below [2][26]
Avram Grant 2012.jpg Avram Grant  Israel 20 September 2007 24 May 2008 54 36 13 5 97 36 67%[nb 7] [2][27]
Luiz Felipe Scolari.jpeg Luiz Felipe Scolari  Brazil 1 July 2008 9 February 2009 36 20 11 5 66 24 56%[nb 7] [2][28]
Ray Wilkins 18-10-2008 1.jpg Ray Wilkins[nb 2]  England 9 February 2009 15 February 2009 1 1 0 0 3 1 100% [29]
Guus Hiddink 2012.jpg Guus Hiddink[nb 2]  Netherlands 16 February 2009 30 May 2009 22 16 5 1 41 19 73% see below [30]
Carlo Ancelotti in Moscow.jpg Carlo Ancelotti  Italy 1 July 2009 22 May 2011 109 67 20 22 241 94 61%[nb 8] see below [2][31]
Villas-Boas.JPG André Villas-Boas  Portugal 22 June 2011 4 March 2012 40 19 11 10 69 43 48%[nb 3] [32][33]
Dimatteo2 cropped.jpg Roberto Di Matteo  Italy 4 March 2012 21 November 2012 42 24 9 9 43 23 57%[nb 3] see below [2]
Rafael Benítez.jpg Rafael Benítez[nb 2]  Spain 21 November 2012 27 May 2013 48 28 10 10 99 48 58% see below [2]
JoseMourinho.jpg José Mourinho  Portugal 3 June 2013 Present 70 45 13 12 134 54 64% TBA [2]

Managers with honours[edit]

Name Nat Tenure Honours
Ted Drake  England 1952–1961 1955 First Division champions
1955 FA Charity Shield
Tommy Docherty  Scotland 1961–1967 1965 Football League Cup
Dave Sexton  England 1967–1974 1970 FA Cup
1971 European Cup Winners' Cup
John Neal  England 1981–1985 1984 Second Division champions
John Hollins  England 1985–1988 1986 Full Members Cup
Bobby Campbell  England 1988–1991 1989 Second Division champions
1990 Full Members Cup
Ruud Gullit  Netherlands 1996–1998 1997 FA Cup
Gianluca Vialli  Italy 1998–2000 1998 Football League Cup
1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1998 UEFA Super Cup
2000 FA Cup
2000 FA Charity Shield
José Mourinho  Portugal 2004–2007
2013–
2005 Football League Cup
2005 Premier League champions
2005 FA Community Shield
2006 Premier League champions
2007 Football League Cup
2007 FA Cup
Guus Hiddink  Netherlands 2009 2009 FA Cup
Carlo Ancelotti  Italy 2009–2011 2009 FA Community Shield
2010 Premier League champions
2010 FA Cup
Roberto Di Matteo  Italy 2012 2012 FA Cup
2012 UEFA Champions League
Rafael Benítez  Spain 2012–2013 2013 UEFA Europa League

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Player-manager
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Caretaker or interim manager
  3. ^ a b c d One drawn cup game won on penalties
  4. ^ One drawn cup game won on penalties; one drawn cup game lost on penalties
  5. ^ Two drawn cup games won on penalties; one drawn Charity Shield game lost on penalties
  6. ^ One drawn cup game lost on penalties; one drawn Community Shield game lost on penalties
  7. ^ a b One drawn cup game lost on penalties
  8. ^ One drawn cup game lost on penalties; one drawn Community Shield game lost on penalties

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Win% is rounded to a whole number.
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  4. ^ "David Calderhead managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Leslie Knighton managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  6. ^ "Billy Birrell managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  7. ^ "Ted Drake managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Tommy Docherty managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Dave Sexton managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  10. ^ "Ron Suart managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  11. ^ "Eddie McCreadie managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  12. ^ "Ken Shellito managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  13. ^ "Danny Blanchflower managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  14. ^ "Geoff Hurst managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  15. ^ "Bobby Gould managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  16. ^ "John Neal managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  17. ^ "John Hollins managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  18. ^ "Bobby Campbell managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  19. ^ "Ian Porterfield managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  20. ^ "David Webb managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  21. ^ "Glenn Hoddle managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  22. ^ "Ruud Gullit managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  23. ^ "Gianluca Vialli managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  24. ^ "Graham Rix managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  25. ^ "Claudio Ranieri managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
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  28. ^ "Felipe Scolari's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  29. ^ "Ray Wilkins's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  30. ^ "Guus Hiddink's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  31. ^ "Carlo Ancelotti's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
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