Ranking the Chelsea Managers of the Roman Abramovich Era

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Ranking the Chelsea Managers of the Roman Abramovich Era
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Since Roman Abramovich's take over of the West London club in 2003, Chelsea has become one of the strongest clubs in all the world. The Russian billionaire pumped millions into the team, giving them more success during his reign than they had had in their past 100 years combined.

But amongst the influx of top talent, their has also been the yearly drama involving who will guide the ship through each season.

Other teams such as Arsenal and Manchester United prefer continuity to rapid reaction. But other teams are not owned by a man who demands success in everything he does. Abramovich sees the team as a reflection of himself. If they don't win, then he loses.

As Chelsea seeks its new manager, chief executive Ron Gourlay gave some words of advice to potential candidates. “Continuity is very ­important, but so is performance and results,” he told the The Mirror. “Performances on the field help drive a lot of the revenue off the field, so you have to get the balance right."

The six managers who have served under Abramovich learned this lesson the hard way. Some had success and their dismissal was called into question. Others saw their marching orders coming.  But none could capture what Abramovich wanted most: the UEFA Champions League.

As Chelsea gets closer to naming its new manager, lets take a look back at those who did not quite make it.

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