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 Robertson, appointed in 1905. The club's current manager is José Mourinho. Chelsea have had 26 permanent managers (of whom four also served as player-manager), and six caretaker managers.

Chelsea's first ever manager was Scottish wing-half John 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 Ron Suart, who was in charge for 31 games during the 1974–75 season. Statistically Chelsea's least successful manager is Danny 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 trophies with the club.

Drake led Chelsea to its first league title in 1955, while Sexton took the club their first European honour, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph in 1971 and Vialli guided Chelsea to win the 1998 UEFA Super Cup. Mourinho won the most domestic titles, whereas Ancelotti led them 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 22 April 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 Nat From To M W D L F A Win%[1] Honours Notes
John Tait Robertson[nb 1]  Scotland May 1905 October 1906 50 30 10 10 121 54 60% - [2]
William Lewis[nb 2]  England October 1906 April 1907 31 20 5 6 59 28 65% see below -
David Calderhead  Scotland July 1907 June 1933 966 384 239 343 1376 1305 40% see below [3]
Leslie Knighton  England July 1933 July 1939 274 93 72 109 419 446 34% - [4]
Billy Birrell  Scotland July 1939 June 1952 289 95 74 120 410 462 33% - [5]
Ted Drake.jpg Ted Drake  England July 1952 September 1961 424 156 103 165 771 772 37% see below [6]
Tommy Docherty  Scotland October 1961 September 1967 302 143 64 95 526 422 47% see below [7]
Dave Sexton  England October 1967 September 1974 373 165 108 100 570 438 44% see below [8]
Ron Suart  England October 1974 March 1975 31 8 11 12 38 58 26% - [9]
Eddie McCreadie  Scotland April 1975 June 1977 99 37 32 30 141 128 37% see below [10]
Ken Shellito  England July 1977 December 1978 66 16 18 32 77 114 24% - [11]
Danny Blanchflower  Northern Ireland December 1978 September 1979 32 5 8 19 34 68 16% - [12]
Geoff Hurst (2).jpg Geoff Hurst  England September 1979 April 1981 83 35 19 29 108 94 42% - [13]
Bobby Gould[nb 2]  England April 1981 May 1981 2 0 0 2 0 5 0% - [14]
John Neal  England July 1981 June 1985 204 84 62 58 326 253 41% see below [15]
John Hollins  England July 1985 March 1988 144 56 37 51 196 214 39%[nb 3] see below [16]
Bobby Campbell  England March 1988 June 1991 161 74 47 40 280 230 46% see below [17]
Ian Porterfield  Scotland July 1991 February 1993 89 32 28 29 106 115 36%[nb 3] - [18]
David Webb[nb 2]  England February 1993 June 1993 13 5 4 4 19 18 38% - [19]
Glenn Hoddle2.jpg Glenn Hoddle[nb 1]  England June 1993 May 1996 157 53 54 50 192 182 34%[nb 4] see below [20]
Ruud Gullit Face Shot 2010.jpg Ruud Gullit[nb 1]  Netherlands May 1996 February 1998 82 41 17 24 157 109 50%[nb 5] see below [21]
Gianluca Vialli[nb 1]  Italy February 1998 September 2000 142 75 38 29 222 123 53% see below [22]
Graham Rix[nb 2]  England September 2000 September 2000 2 1 0 1 1 2 50% - [23]
Claudio Ranieri Inter.jpg Claudio Ranieri  Italy September 2000 May 2004 200 107 46 47 358 199 54% see below [24]
JoseMourinho.jpg José Mourinho  Portugal June 2004 September 2007 185 124 40 21 330 119 67%[nb 6] see below [25]
Avram Grant 2012.jpg Avram Grant  Israel September 2007 May 2008 54 36 13 5 97 36 67%[nb 7] see below [26]
Luiz Felipe Scolari.jpeg Luiz Felipe Scolari  Brazil July 2008 February 2009 36 20 11 5 66 24 56%[nb 7] - [27]
Ray Wilkins 18-10-2008 1.jpg Ray Wilkins[nb 2]  England February 2009 February 2009 1 1 0 0 3 1 100% - [28]
Guus Hiddink 2012.jpg Guus Hiddink[nb 2]  Netherlands February 2009 May 2009 22 16 5 1 41 19 73% see below [29]
Carlo Ancelotti in Moscow.jpg Carlo Ancelotti  Italy June 2009 May 2011 109 67 20 22 241 94 61%[nb 8] see below [30]
Villas-Boas.JPG André Villas-Boas  Portugal June 2011 March 2012 40 19 11 10 69 43 48%[nb 3] - [31][32]
Dimatteo2 cropped.jpg Roberto Di Matteo  Italy March 2012 November 2012 42 24 9 9 43 23 57%[nb 3] see below
Rafael Benítez.jpg Rafael Benítez[nb 2]  Spain November 2012 May 2013 48 28 10 10 99 48 58% see below [33]
JoseMourinho.jpg José Mourinho  Portugal June 2013 Present 53 33 9 11 95 39 62%

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 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.
  2. ^ "John Tait Robertson managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  3. ^ "David Calderhead managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Leslie Knighton managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Billy Birrell managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  6. ^ "Ted Drake managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  7. ^ "Tommy Docherty managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Dave Sexton managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Ron Suart managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  10. ^ "Eddie McCreadie managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  11. ^ "Ken Shellito managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  12. ^ "Danny Blanchflower managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  13. ^ "Geoff Hurst managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  14. ^ "Bobby Gould managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  15. ^ "John Neal managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  16. ^ "John Hollins managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  17. ^ "Bobby Campbell managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  18. ^ "Ian Porterfield managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  19. ^ "David Webb managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  20. ^ "Glenn Hoddle managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  21. ^ "Ruud Gullit managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  22. ^ "Gianluca Vialli managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  23. ^ "Graham Rix managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  24. ^ "Claudio Ranieri managerial stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  25. ^ "Jose Mourinho's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  26. ^ "Avram Grant's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  27. ^ "Felipe Scolari's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  28. ^ "Ray Wilkins's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  29. ^ "Guus Hiddink's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  30. ^ "Carlo Ancelotti's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  31. ^ "Andre Villas-Boas confirmed as Chelsea manager". BBC Sport. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  32. ^ "Andre Villas-Boas's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  33. ^ "Rafael Benitez: Chelsea interim manager angrily confirms exit". BBC. Retrieved 2013-02-28.