Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shown little restraint when it comes to cutting his losses at the club and swinging down the axe on different managers.
After all, the Blues were ordered to pay out £9m in compensation to former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this week.
It’s not the first time that the 52-year-old Russian-born billionaire has had to hand out compensation to his former employees.
In fact, the Daily Mail has crunched the numbers and found that Abramovich’s sackings have cost him £92.9m in total.
Yes, that’s crazy.
Claudio Ranieri was the first manager sacked under the Abramovich era at Chelsea and received £6m in compensation, while José Mourinho’s first stint ending in 2007 saw him and his staff pocket a total of £23.1m.
Avram Grant collected £5.2m from Abramovich after his sacking in 2008, Luiz Felipe Scolari secured £12.6m and Carlo Ancelotti took home £6m.
Continuing in the post-2010s and André Villas-Boas received £12m and Roberto Di Matteo picked up £10.7m.
Rafa Benítez, on the other hand, didn’t receive any compensation after his interim spell in charge.
When the Special One returned for his second stint, the ex-Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester United boss and his staff were handed £8.3m after they were axed at Stamford Bridge.
Much like Benítez, Guus Hiddink came in on an interim basis and the Chelsea owner didn’t have to splash out any serious cash on him.
Fast-forward to the present and Conte is the last Chelsea manager to receive a hefty payment from Abramovich.
Current Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has also been placed in the spotlight after being linked with Juventus, following on from Massimiliano Allegri’s decision to leave the Serie A champions at the end of the season.
The former Napoli boss is preparing for
Chelsea’s Europa League final clash against Arsenal, though questions have been raised about his future at Stamford Bridge.
While there have been rumblings that the Premier League side are ready to sack him at the end of the season and replace him with Derby County boss Frank Lampard, Sarri has come forward and addressed the rumours surrounding his future.
“If the situation is like this, I want to go immediately,” he said (via the Guardian).
“You cannot … ten months of work, and then I have to play everything in 90 minutes? It’s not right. It’s not the right way. You’re either happy about my work or you’re not happy.
“My future is Wednesday, I think. I need to think only about the final at this moment. I have two years of contract here, so I have no contact with other clubs at the moment.
“I have to speak with my club first of all after the final. I want to know if they are happy with me or not. That is it. I have two more years of contract.
“As I’ve said before, I’m very happy to stay in the Premier League, the most important championship in the world at the moment.
“It’s very exciting to be here, and Chelsea are one of the most important clubs in the Premier League.
“So I’m really very happy. But we have to discuss about the situation. That’s normal. At the end of every season, you have to discuss the situation with the club.”
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