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From Mourinho to Scolari – Ranking Chelsea’s 12 managers under Roman Abramovich

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Roman Abramovich is not one to really hang about when it comes to Chelsea managers.

There is a real standard of excellence to work under the Russian, which has been shown over the course of his time in England when he bought the Blues in 2003.

During his tenure, the Blues have won several trophies, including everything from the Premier League to the Champions League.

Luiz Felipe Scolari

12. Luiz Felipe Scolari 2008- Feb 09

There was a lot of hope for Scolari and to have a World Cup winner in charge of the Blues was a real coup for Abramovich.

However, after a real lack of form he was sacked during just his first season as Chelsea boss.

There were some disputes with the board as well, and it was a real disappointment for the club and the supporters.

Andre Villas-Boas

11. Andre Villas-Boas 2011-March 12

Having paid around €15million in compensation from Porto to bring him to England, it was a real disappointment to see what happened.

The final straw after a poor run of form came when he left Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Ashley Cole on the bench for a crucial Champions League tie against Napoli.

Villas-Boas was sacked with the Blues just outside the top four, with his assistant Di Matteo taking over.

Claudio Ranieri

10. Claudio Ranieri 2000-04

Had a difficult task at the Blues as he was the man who was in charge when Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Ranieri needed instant success if he was going to keep his job, and when that didn’t come the Italian was on his way out for Mourinho.

However, he is obviously a quality manager, as shown by guiding Leicester City to a shocking Premier League title.

Avram Grant

9. Avram Grant 2007-08

Grant moved from director of football to the manager role when Mourinho was let go in 2007, and it was a bit of a surprise move.

The Blues went on to lose the League Cup final and, of course, they lost the Champions League final on penalties to Manchester United.

Grant was eventually sacked after that game and replaced by Scolari, where things hardly went that better.

Maurizio Sarri

8. Maurizio Sarri 2018-19

It was an acrimonious exit from Napoli and Sarri had a tough job to follow in the footsteps of Conte, who had won the Premier League and FA Cup.

Chelsea fans never really took to his style of football and there was no bond with the supporters, with some big losses thrown into the mix.

He did win the Europa League and got Chelsea back into the top four, but it was always just a stop-gap before he could return to Italy and joined Juventus.

Frank Lampard

7. Frank Lampard 2019-Present

Lampard came into the club at a difficult time for the Blues, having just lost Eden Hazard and were handed a transfer ban.

Lampard has given youngsters a real chance and they are currently still in fourth position, when and if the season might start up again.

It’s not been perfect, however the former Blues midfielder has done a pretty decent job in the first few months of his time at the club.

The second time, Chelsea were struggling down the table in 16th and he got them back to tenth and again proved his worth to the Blues.

Roberto Di Matteo

6. Roberto Di Matteo March 2012-Nov 12

After the failure of Villas-Boas, former player Roberto Di Matteo took over the role and the rest, as they say, is history.

Di Matteo guided the Blues all the way to the Champions League final, which included a shock semi-final win over Barcelona before beating Bayern Munich in the final.

He was given the job permanently, however it didn’t work out and just a few months into the next season he was eventually let go.

Guus Hiddink

5. Guus Hiddink Feb 2009-May 09 and Dec 2015-16

Twice Abramovich turned to Hiddink to settle the ship, firstly after Scolari was sacked and then when Mourinho was given the boot for the second time.

In his first stint, he only lost one Premier League game and he also guided the Blues to FA Cup glory with a 2-1 win over Everton.

The second time, Chelsea were struggling down the table in 16th and he got them back to tenth and again proved his worth to the Blues.

Rafa Benitez

4. Rafa Benitez Nov 12-13

A very unpopular appointment at the club due to his connection with Liverpool and previous battles he had with Mourinho.

It’s fair to say he never really won over the Chelsea crowd, but with a 58% win rate and clinching the Europa League helped his cause.

He was always just an interim boss, and even though he had some success it was always likely the Spaniard was never going to stick around.

Antonio Conte

3. Antonio Conte 2016-18

It looked like things would go wrong for Conte and there were rumours of an early exit. However, he managed to push through that and won the Premier League.

His change to three at the back changed the Blues and got the best out of his players, also going on to win the FA Cup in his second season.

He is doing good things with Inter Milan this season, however his time with Chelsea ended in difficult circumstances and disputes with the board over transfers.

Carlo Ancelotti

2. Carlo Ancelotti 2009-11

Ancelotti took over from interim boss Guus Hiddink and his 2009-10 season was a special one, with the Blues winning their first Premier League and FA Cup double.

They became the first club to score more than 100 Premier League goals, finishing with 103 goals in the league.

Despite finishing second during the next campaign, Ancelotti was sacked from the role, something which didn’t go down well with Chelsea fans.

Jose Mourinho

1. Jose Mourinho 2004-07 and 2013-Dec 2015
Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Chelsea fans might well have soured now due to his time at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, it’s hard to argue his time at Chelsea wasn’t a success.

During his two spells, Mourinho guided the Blues to three Premier League titles, including their first ever one in 2005, an FA Cup and three League Cup titles.

Of course, his departure in 2015 ended in fireworks and any return to Stamford Bridge is highly unlikely.

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EndSARS: Tension as N’Delta militants roll out 11-point demand

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WARRI- MILITANT groups from the nine states of the Niger Delta region, which vowed to resume hostilities, last Monday in support of #EndSARS protests, triggered fresh anxiety, weekend, as it presented  11 new demands to the Federal Government.

Leader of the militants under the auspices of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, self-styled “Major General” Johnmark Ezonebi, in an electronic mail statement, said the coalition had communicated multinational oil companies to evacuate their staff to avoid human causalities.RNDA stated:  “In support of the existing demands by the #EndSARS protesters, we have added  new demands that could stop the mayhem on foreign oil multinationals, oil and gas infrastructures and the Joint Military Task Force involved in the Operation Crocodile Smile in the region.”

We have vowed to take the destiny of our region into our hands and kick-start the occupation of all the major oil wells and the oil platforms, we will also bring down all major crude oil production pipelines to zero,” it added.

First on the demands of the RNDA is: “Urgent release of the N98 billion gas flare penalty fund to the host communities of the Niger Delta, which are funds domiciled in the Federation Accounts through the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, by the International Oil Companies, IOCs,   as payment to compensate the communities being affected in the creeks of the Niger Delta due to their environmental pollutions and environmental hazard caused the multinational oil companies.”

The group recalled the President Muhammadu Buhari administration withdrew $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account sometime in 2019 to acquire heavy weapons to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the North East, adding: “This is wicked and insensitive to the peace accord signed with the people of the Niger Delta region, most especially the RNDA militant group that accepted the ceasefire agreement on 21st of August 2016 and nothing has been done so far.”

“Secondly, we demand the total control of our God -given resources in the region. If some parts of northern states are allowed to operate and will be given license to engage in illegal mining and sale of gold, it means it is time the people of the Niger Delta region, especially the Ijaw ethnic nationality be given equal opportunity to go ahead with artisan and local refining of crude oil in the creeks without any form of intimidation and harassment from the Nigerian government as well.

Thirdly, RNDA demands that riverine areas in Niger Delta be connected to the cities with roads and bridges with provisions in the 2021 budget. A road project for instance should connect Warri to Ogulagha, Burutu local government area, which is a host to Forcardos Terminal, producing over one million barrels of crude oil that contribute trillions of dollars to the federal government on daily basis.

“Fourthly, the proposed 2021 budget, which appropriated billions of naira to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, should be withdrawn and put on hold and the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs should not be allowed to defend the proposed budget until the substantive board of the NDDC is inaugurated and sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari.

We also demand that Senator Godswill Akpabio be mandated to hold a town hall meeting with the traditional rulers, stakeholders and leadership of RNDA militant group in the creek in order to show a genuine intention that the budget proposal will not witness embezzlement and diversion of billions to Akpabio and his cronies’ pockets without any tangible and practical development in the creeks of the region.”

“And we also demand immediate take- off and re-opening of the Burutu Seaport by the federal government, which should be included in the 2021 budget.

More importantly to the RNDA militant group, we call for an emergency review of the Revenue Allocation Act in other to give proper interpretation of the 13 per cent derivation funds that will not be deposited in the hands of the so- called inhuman wicked corrupt minded Niger Delta governors that has been pocketing the billions of naira on monthly basis from the federation allocation account without getting to the oil producing communities in the creeks of Niger Delta and without any accountability to the long neglected emancipated oil producing communities that are the original owners of the 13 per cent derivation funds , according to section 162 sub section 2 of the 1991 constitution as amended.

“So we demand proper interpretation of this Act by the Attorney General of the Federation as to the chief law officer of the country because the people of the Niger Delta oil producing communities are tired of this perpetual man-made injustice caused by the so -called Niger Delta callous inhuman wicked and corrupt minded governors.

“We also called for a review of the four-point agreement with the Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSTCOM, which was submitted to the federal government by the national chairman, Prince Mike Emuh, and has not been approved up till date. The provisions of the agreement which include 10,000 pipeline surveillance jobs to the oil producing communities through the leadership of HOSTCOM has not been approved.

Yet the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC went ahead to award pipeline surveillance contract to one individual, Chief Captain Hosa Wells Okunbor, who is the managing director of Ocean Marine Solutions Company that is handling the pipeline surveillance security contract worth over 18. 6 million dollars annually just for OML30, which is TFP pipeline security surveillance contract alone.

“Not to talk of the Trans Escravos Warri Kaduna pipeline amounting to over 20. 5 million dollars annually and that of the Bonny Nembe Creek trunk pipeline surveillance job that worth over 2.7 million dollars contract in the creek of Niger Delta. RNDA and HOSTCOM are not benefiting from these billion dollars pipeline surveillance security contract jobs in the hands of one individual from Edo state and the situation will not be accepted any more in the creek as far as the pipeline surveillance security contract job is concern.

Therefore, RNDA demands pipeline security surveillance job to accommodate the members of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers group, who are over 5,000 in the creek and we will no longer allow this to happen any more in the creek or else we will bring down all the pipelines in our creek within the stipulated time of ultimatum.

“Furthermore, we demand release of the 10 licenses for modular refineries in Niger Delta, which the federal government has not approved up till this moment, yet the Federal Executive Council is approving billions and trillions every week in the presidency through the sales of our crude oil on 1.86 million dollars to 2.2 million dollars barrels on daily basis without any tangible,” the militants said.

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