LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI :
He came and he went in the blink of an eye. World Cup winner with Brazil, Euro finalist with Portugal, his CV said it all. Known as ‘Big Phil’ due to his authoritarian style of management, he ran into deep trouble just a few months into the Chelsea job as, after an impressive start to the season, the side slumped badly. Injuries to key players, Drogba being dropped to the bench despite great form, etc. The writing was on the wall for him. Also, poor transfers in his time saw Jose Bosingwa drafted in for GBP 17M and Deco, who had clearly declined, being brought in. A low win % ensured that he was looking for a new job before the end of the season.
RAY WILKINS :
As said earlier, an ex-Chelsea player, assistant manager and pundit, Wilko also took over for just one single game as the caretaker because terms with Hiddink were not sorted out by then. He led the team to victory in that game, and MY WORD that boosted his Win %, didn’t it? Just look at that blue pie ! MY WORD!
MY WORD ! Stay on yer feet, son !
GUUS HIDDINK :
The Golden Guus, appointed as a caretaker manager after the sacking of Scolari, instantly won over the hearts of the CFC faithful in his short tenure. Coming on the back of a successful EURO campaign with Russia, Abramovic flexed his muscles and dialled a few numbers in the Russian Football body to have Guus packed up and sent to London. He was very likeable as a person and as a manager. His team got Ovrebo’d in the CL Semis against Barca, where half a dozen stonewall decisions were given against Chelsea. He resurrected the teams hopes of silverware that season winning the FA Cup. The fans were so impressed by him that his name was being chanted throughout the last few games, the fans prompting Roman to sign him up on a longer term basis. Also, he had won the support of the old-guard, Terry, Drogba, Lampard and Cech, who had asked him to stay on, however, to no avail. A man of his word, he returned to manage the Russian team.
Not only an affable person, he was also one of the greatest tacticians of his time. His only loss in his Chelsea tenure came at Tottenham, losing 1-0 thanks to a Luka Modric goal. Currently enjoying a spell in Dagestan with Anzhi, he was on every Chelsea fan’s managerial shortlist after Di Matteo was fired.
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