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Roman's managers come and gone

Claudio Ranieri

Sep 2000-May 04

The first manager to spend Roman Abramovich's billions was under pressure from day one. The 'Tinkerman' finished second in the league and reached the Champions League semi-finals -- but was sacked anyway.

Jose Mourinho

Jun 2004-Sep 07

The 'Special One,' Mourinho became the club's most successful manager -- winning two leagues, one FA Cup, and two League Cups. A power struggle with Abramovich led to his departure.

Avram Grant

Sep 2007-May 08

Less than two months after arriving as director of football, he became manager and was a penalty kick away from winning the club's first European Cup.

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Jul 2008-Feb 09

World Cup-winner Scolari enjoyed a flying start, but rumours of dressing-room unrest soon emerged. He lasted just seven months.

Guus Hiddink

Feb 2009-May 09

Combined Russia job with a caretaker role at Stamford Bridge and won the FA Cup. In total, Hiddink lost only one game in charge.

Carlo Ancelotti

Jun 2009-May 11

Delivered Chelsea's first ever Double in his first season before a season without silverware saw him axed last May.

WHO'S NEXT?

Rafa Benitez is 5/4 favourite to become the next permanent Chelsea manager.

Other odds:

Jose Mourinho 3/1, Roberto Di Matteo 6/1, Pep Guardiola 7/1, Fabio Capello 8/1, David Moyes 12/1.

Irish Independent