Frank Lampard was fifth longest-serving Chelsea boss under Abramovich

Frank Lampard’s time as Chelsea manager lasted just 18 months and 84 games before he was sacked… but it was still the FIFTH longest tenure of any boss in the Roman Abramovich era!

  • Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea on Monday after just 18 months in charge
  • It followed a dreadful run of five defeats in their last eight league fixtures
  • Lampard took charge of 84 competitive matches during his time as manager
  • Remarkably, that makes it the fifth-longest tenure under Roman Abramovich
  • Jose Mourinho (twice), Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte lasted longer in job 

Frank Lampard’s sacking led to a chorus of complaints that the Chelsea manager wasn’t given enough time.

But actually Lampard was the fifth longest-serving manager of the Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge.

The former Chelsea midfielder was in charge for 18 months and 84 matches, which makes him positively long-term amid the churn of managers under the Russian’s ownership.

Frank Lampard checks his watch – his tenure as Chelsea manager of 18 months and 84 matches is the fifth-longest under the ownership of Roman Abramovich 

Roman Abramovich has got through 14 managers during his time as Chelsea’s owner

Only the two tenures of Jose Mourinho and those of Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte lasted longer than Lampard’s – which was abruptly ended on Monday morning after a dreadful run of five defeats in eight Premier League games.

Appointed at the beginning of July 2019 to succeed Maurizio Sarri, the club legend lasted 571 days in the job or 18 months and 21 days. He won 44, drew 17 and lost 23 of his 84 competitive games in charge.

It seems that only delivering the Premier League title earns you any kind of extended stay at Chelsea.

Mourinho came in from Porto and lived up to his self-anointed ‘Special One’ label by winning the title in his first season – 2004-05 – and then successfully retaining it 12 months later.

Jose Mourinho, next to Lampard (left) lifts the first of his three Premier League titles

Mourinho’s two spells as Chelsea boss as the longest during the post-2003 Abramovich era

That explains why his first spell in charge is the longest of the Abramovich age at three years and three months or 185 games.

Mourinho also takes second position on the longevity list with his second spell between 2013 and 2015 lasting two years and six months, or 136 games.

Carlo Ancelotti survived for one year and 11 months in the hotseat – or 109 games – helped by a league and FA Cup Double during his first season in the job.

His fellow Italian Antonio Conte lasted slightly longer in terms of time span – just over two years – but took charge of fewer games (106) between July 2016 and July 2018. He too won the league title in his first year.

But compared to many other appointees, Lampard has done well. He is the only other manager to keep his job for longer than a year.

Lampard watches on as Carlo Ancelotti lifts the Premier League trophy in May 2010

Antonio Conte also enjoyed a little more time in charge after delivering the Premier League

Chelsea bosses under Abramovich 

Jose Mourinho (first spell) – 185 games; 3 years, 3 months

Jose Mourinho (second spell) – 136 games; 2 years, 6 months

Carlo Ancelotti – 109 games; 1 year, 11 months

Antonio Conte – 106 games; 2 years, 0 months

Frank Lampard – 84 games; 1 year, 6 months

Maurizio Sarri – 63 games; 0 years, 11 months

Claudio Ranieri – 59 games; 0 years, 11 months

Avram Grant – 54 games; 0 years, 8 months 

Rafael Benitez* – 48 games; 0 years, 6 months

Roberto Di Matteo – 42 games; 0 years, 8 months

Andre Villas-Boas – 40 games; 0 years, 9 months

Luis Felipe Scolari – 36 games; 0 years, 7 months

Guus Hiddink (second spell)* – 27 games; 0 years, 5 months

Guus Hiddink (first spell)* – 22 games; 0 years, 3 months

Ray Wilkins* – 1 game; 0 months

Steve Holland* – 1 game; 0 months

* Interim or caretaker manager 

Sarri may have won Chelsea the Europa League during 11 months and 63 matches as manager but he didn’t look settled in English football and left to become Juventus manager.

Abramovich’s first manager, Claudio Ranieri, already in the job three years when the takeover happened, survived just 11 months and 59 games under Abramovich before he was fired.

Avram Grant took the club to their first Champions League final in 2008 but lasted just eight months, while Roberto Di Matteo was in charge the same length of time despite winning the competition in 2012.

Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League but it didn’t really help his cause too much

Rafael Benitez won the UEFA Europa League in 2013 but lasted just six months in the job

Maurizio Sarri also won the Europa League but left the Chelsea job after only 11 months

Rafa Benitez (six months), Andre Villas-Boas (nine months) and Luis Felipe Scolari (seven months) all came and went in pretty much the blink of an eye.

So in the context, Lampard was perhaps fortunate to last as long as he did. As with many who came before him in the past couple of decades, we’ll never know what he might have achieved given more time.

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