A look at Chelsea’s last five managers amid Pochettino’s potential appointment

Mauricio Pochettino on brink of Chelsea appointment - but where are his predecessors now?

A 2017 photo of Mauricio Pochettino.
A 2017 photo of Mauricio Pochettino, who is the brink of being appointed at Chelsea. Credit: James Boardman / Telephoto Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Chelsea have seen five managers come through the revolving doors in the last five years – each providing their own varying degrees of success.

Now that Mauricio Pochettino looks set to become the heir to their throne, we take a look at how his five predecessors paved the way to his potential appointment.

The 51-year-old has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-German last summer and emerged as the favourite for the job after Chelsea ended talks with former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique.

It is rumoured that many of the Stamford Bridge faithful are keen to announce the arrival of Pochettino, however the owners did not want to add any further disruption to what has already been a torrid season for the Blues.

If the Argentine is to succeed in West London, he should look to see how his predecessors have handled their time at the club. Here is a look at Chelsea’s last five managers and where they are now.

Frank Lampard: April 2023 – Present

Frank Lampard. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photos

Chelsea legend and Champions League winner Frank Lampard took over the reins in April 2023 after the club sacked Graham Potter due to a difficult few months in the job. Lampard is currently caretaker manager for Chelsea until the end of the season.

However, his record during this time has been poor. The Englishman has managed eight matches and only managed one win and one draw while losing six.

Graham Potter: September 2022 – April 2023

Graham Potter. Credit: Mark Pain / Alamy Stock Photos

Graham Potter began his time at the club after leaving Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2022. The ex-Brighton coach spent £600m in the transfer window but it didn’t work out for him. He managed 31 matches – winning 12, drawing eight and losing 11.

He was sacked in early April with Chelsea sitting mid table and replaced by Frank Lampard. Potter remains unemployed despite being offered a job at Leicester City.

Thomas Tuchel: January 2021 – September 2022

Thomas Tuchel joined Chelsea in January 2021 after the club sacked Frank Lampard due to poor results.

The German joined the Blues from Paris Saint-German and led them to their second UEFA Champions League title and became a fan favourite instantly.

He managed 100 games winning 60, drawing 24 and losing 16. Tuchel was sacked in early September of 2022 after a poor start to their Premier League campaign and is now managing Bayern Munich after joining in March 2023.


Frank Lampard: July 2019 – January 2021

This was Lampard’s first spell at Chelsea as manager after joining from Derby County in the summer of 2019.

The signing of Lampard was welcomed by the Chelsea faithful as he previously led Derby to the play-offs and worked with the likes of Mason Mount. In his first spell, he managed 84 matches winning 44, drawing 17 and losing 23.

Maurizio Sarri: July 2018 – June 2019

Maurizio Sarei. Credit: John Patrick Fletcher / Action Plus Sports Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Maurizio Sarri arrived at Chelsea after previously managing Napoli for three years. The Italian oversaw the club win the UEFA Europa League against Arsenal in 2019, which was his first major trophy of his managerial career.

He managed 63 matches winning 39, drawing 13 and losing 11. He later returned to Juventus where he won the Serie A title in his first season. The 64-year-old is now managing Lazio.