List of Chelsea F.C. managers

The first manager of Chelsea Football Club was John Robertson, appointed player-manager in 1905. The current head coach is Graham Potter, who was appointed in September 2022.

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

Chelsea have had 29 permanent managers/head coaches (of whom four also served as player-manager), six interim managers and five caretakers. Ron Suart has served as both caretaker and interim manager. Roberto Di Matteo was first interim manager, but was later appointed permanent manager. Guus Hiddink has been interim manager twice, while José Mourinho has served two different periods as permanent manager.

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 to 1933, 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.

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. Drake led Chelsea to its first league title in 1955, while Dave Sexton managed the club to their first European honour, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph in 1971, and Gianluca 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 five clubs, and the first British club, to have won all three of UEFA's major club competitions.

List of managersEdit

  • Figures correct as of 9 November 2022. Includes competitive matches only.

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

Picture Name Nationality From To M W D L GF GA 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   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 3]   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[nb 2]   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   England 13 September 1979 23 April 1981 81 35 19 27 108 89 43% [2][14]
Bobby Gould[nb 3]   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%[nb 4] see below [2][16]
John Hollins   England 11 June 1985 6 March 1988 145 56 38 51 199 217 39%[nb 5] see below [2][17]
Bobby Campbell   England 6 March 1988 12 May 1991 165 77 47 41 287 233 47%[nb 6] see below [2][18]
Ian Porterfield   Scotland 11 June 1991 15 February 1993 90 31 28 31 106 119 34%[nb 7] [2][19]
David Webb[nb 2]   England 15 February 1993 11 May 1993 13 5 4 4 19 18 38% [2][20]
  Glenn Hoddle[nb 1]   England 4 June 1993 10 May 1996 157 53 54 50 192 182 34%[nb 8] [2][21]
  Ruud Gullit[nb 1]   Netherlands 10 May 1996 12 February 1998 83 41 18 24 157 109 49%[nb 9] 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]
  Claudio Ranieri   Italy 17 September 2000 31 May 2004 199 107 46 46 358 197 54% [2][24]
  José Mourinho   Portugal 2 June 2004 19 September 2007 185 124 40 21 330 119 67%[nb 10] see below [2][25]
  Avram Grant   Israel 20 September 2007 24 May 2008 54 36 13 5 97 36 67%[nb 11] [2][26]
  Luiz Felipe Scolari   Brazil 1 July 2008 9 February 2009 36 20 11 5 66 24 56%[nb 12] [2][27]
  Guus Hiddink[nb 2]   Netherlands 16 February 2009 30 May 2009 22 16 5 1 41 19 73% see below [28]
  Carlo Ancelotti   Italy 1 July 2009 22 May 2011 109 67 20 22 241 94 61%[nb 13] see below [2][29]
  André Villas-Boas   Portugal 22 June 2011 4 March 2012 40 19 11 10 69 43 48%[nb 14] [30][31]
  Roberto Di Matteo   Italy 4 March 2012 21 November 2012 42 24 9 9 43 23 57%[nb 15] see below [2]
  Rafael Benítez[nb 2]   Spain 21 November 2012 27 May 2013 48 28 10 10 99 48 58% see below [2]
  José Mourinho   Portugal 3 June 2013 17 December 2015 136 80 29 27 245 121 59%[nb 16] see below [2]
  Steve Holland[nb 3]   England 17 December 2015 19 December 2015 1 1 0 0 3 1 100% [32]
  Guus Hiddink[nb 2]   Netherlands 19 December 2015 30 June 2016 27 10 11 6 52 34 37% [28]
  Antonio Conte   Italy 1 July 2016 12 July 2018 106 69 17 20 212 102 65%[nb 17] see below [2]
  Maurizio Sarri   Italy 14 July 2018 16 June 2019 63 39 13 11 112 58 62%[nb 18] see below [2]
  Frank Lampard   England 4 July 2019 25 January 2021 84 44 17 23 163 106 52%[nb 19] [2]
  Thomas Tuchel   Germany 26 January 2021 7 September 2022 100 60 24 16 168 77 60%[nb 20] see below [2]
  Graham Potter   England 8 September 2022 Present 21 9 5 7 24 21 43% [2]

Managers with honoursEdit

Name Nationality Tenure Honours
Ted Drake   England 1952–1961 1955 First Division
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
John Hollins   England 1985–1988 1986 Full Members Cup
Bobby Campbell   England 1988–1991 1989 Second Division
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
2013–2015
2005 Football League Cup
2005 Premier League
2005 FA Community Shield
2006 Premier League
2007 Football League Cup
2007 FA Cup
2015 Football League Cup
2015 Premier League
Guus Hiddink   Netherlands 2009
2015–2016
2009 FA Cup
Carlo Ancelotti   Italy 2009–2011 2009 FA Community Shield
2010 Premier League
2010 FA Cup
Roberto Di Matteo   Italy 2012 2012 FA Cup
2012 UEFA Champions League
Rafael Benítez   Spain 2012–2013 2013 UEFA Europa League
Antonio Conte   Italy 2016–2018 2017 Premier League
2018 FA Cup
Maurizio Sarri   Italy 2018–2019 2019 UEFA Europa League
Thomas Tuchel   Germany 2021–2022 2021 UEFA Champions League
2021 UEFA Super Cup
2021 FIFA Club World Cup

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Player-manager
  2. ^ a b c d e f Interim manager
  3. ^ a b c Caretaker
  4. ^ One drawn League Cup game won on penalties
  5. ^ One drawn Full Members Cup game won on penalties
  6. ^ One drawn Full Members Cup game lost on penalties
  7. ^ One drawn Full Members Cup game won on penalties
  8. ^ One drawn FA Cup game lost on penalties; one drawn FA Cup game won on penalties
  9. ^ One drawn Charity Shield game lost on penalties; two drawn League Cup games won on penalties
  10. ^ One drawn League Cup game lost on penalties; one drawn Champions League game lost on penalties; one drawn Community Shield game lost on penalties
  11. ^ One drawn UEFA Champions League final lost on penalties
  12. ^ One drawn League Cup game lost on penalties
  13. ^ One drawn Community Shield game won on penalties; one drawn League Cup game lost on penalties; one drawn FA Cup game lost on penalties
  14. ^ One drawn League Cup game won on penalties
  15. ^ One drawn UEFA Champions League final won on penalties
  16. ^ One drawn UEFA Super Cup game lost on penalties; one drawn League Cup game lost on penalties
  17. ^ One drawn Community Shield game lost on penalties; one drawn FA Cup game won on penalties
  18. ^ One drawn League Cup game won on penalties; one drawn League Cup Final lost on penalties; one drawn UEFA Europa League game won on penalties
  19. ^ One drawn UEFA Super Cup game lost on penalties; one drawn League Cup game lost on penalties
  20. ^ One drawn UEFA Super Cup game won on penalties; two drawn League Cup games won on penalties; one drawn League Cup final game lost on penalties; one drawn FA Cup final game lost on penalties.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Win% is rounded to a whole number.
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