The world of the English Premier League is one that writes its own rules of behaviour and bears greater resemblance to a rich man’s playground with every passing season.
Frank Lampard’s sacking as manager of Chelse yesterday seems like the latest capricious switch of focus for owner Roman Abramovitch but in fact, his 19 months in the role is well beyond the median length of time in the job established over the last two decades.
Of 14 managers to have held the position since 2000, seven have lasted nine months or less.
The two longest were the two first with Claudio Ranieri’s 44 months followed by 39 for Jose Mourinho in his first stint. His term included Chelsea’s first and second Premier League title wins but that was clearly not enough to buy long term favour.
Avram Grant, Luis Felipe Scolari and Guus Hiddink, all with major international pedigree followed Mourinho but lasted only eight, seven and five months respectively.
Then Carlo Ancelotti came for 23 months, his time extended with a single title win.
Andres Villas-Boas, Roberto di Matteo and Rafa Benitez were the next trio to step in and out, lasting nine, eight and six months.
Then back to Mourinho, one more title but only eighteen months, back to Hiidink for another five, then Antonio Conte lasting 24 months and securing the most recent title. Mauricio Sarri stayed eleven months and one season before Lampard stepped in as a fan favourite and a legend of the club.
His three-year contract was worth a reported £12 million. Presuming that will be paid up in full, he will certainly not have to worry about where the next meal is coming from.
And Chelsea have already agreed to terms with Thomas Tuchel, himself sacked as manager of Paris St Germain on Christmas Eve.
It will be interesting to see if he moves house or merely into a hotel.
Sport for Business Partners