Since he took charge at Stamford Bridge in 2003, he has presided over 6 managers (not including Ray Wilkins). Of these, 5 have been or have effectively been sacked.
Claudio Ranieri - Sacked
José Mourinho - Left by 'Mutual Consent' (basically, he was Sacked)
Avram Grant - Sacked
Luiz Felipe Scolari - Sacked
Ray Wilkins (Caretaker Manager)
Guus Hiddink (Caretaker Manager) - Left by Mutual Consent
Carlo Ancelotti - Sacked
During this 8 year period and for the previous 17 before that, Manchester United have only had the one manager. In almost 25 remarkable years, Alex Ferguson has taken his Old Trafford outfit to unprecedented success. The 12th league title that his team lifted today during this period moved them above Liverpool with their 19th English league title. They have won 2 European Cups in that period and hope to add to that next Saturday when they play Barcelona in the Champions League Final in Wembley.
This success has come from continuity and from supporting a manager over time.
Chelsea's Catch 22
In José Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea have been led in recent years by some of the best managers in the world.
There are only so many of these real, world-class potential managers left.
|Carlo Ancelotti - You're Fired|