Scolari the biggest loser: Where are Chelsea's sacked managers now?

Carlo Ancelotti

Seven managers have come and gone in between Jose Mourinho's two spells at Stamford Bridge. Where are they now?

Grant - Miss

The first man to try and step into Mourinho's shoes, Avram Grant left Chelsea with a mixed bag. The Israeli helped the Blues reach their first ever Champions League final but finished a runner-up in three different competitions.

Since leaving west London, though, Grant hasn't really fared much better. At Portsmouth, he reached the FA Cup final but couldn't prevent the financially troubled side from being relegated. Then, at West Ham, Grant oversaw another relegation. He did win a league title with Partizan Belgrade but hasn't returned to management after resigning from his post with the Serbian side.

Scolari - Miss

Luiz Felipe Scolari is perhaps the biggest loser in any contest between former Chelsea managers. So much so that Neymar's agent recently compiled a list of the Brazil boss's career achievements.

“One – being Portugal coach and winning nothing. Two – going to Chelsea and being sacked the following day. Three – going to coach in Uzbekistan. Four – returning to Brazil, taking over a big team [Palmeiras] and getting them relegated to the second division. Five – leaving the club 56 days before the end of the Brasileirao [season] to ‘escape’ the relegation. Six – being an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous.”

Since, he has guided Brazil to the World Cup semi-finals... only to lose 7-1 to Germany.

Hiddink - Hit

Guus Hiddink was a success in his short time at Stamford Bridge and was one of the very few coaches not to be sacked by the Blues.

Since, the Dutchman has gone on to enjoy further success, despite an initial spell at Turkey, where Hiddink resigned after failing to qualify for Euro 2012. Where he has done well is Anzhi Makhachkala, guiding the team to third in the Russian League and into the last 16 of the Europa League. Next up for the 67-year-old is a second spell with the Netherlands' national side.

Ancelotti - Hit

If anyone serves as an example of how to bounce back from a humiliating sacking in west London, it's Carlo Ancelotti.

Fired 'in the dugout' at Chelsea, the Italian has gone on to enjoy the highest level of success possible in club football. After leaving the Blues, Ancelotti's first destination was Paris, where he won the Ligue 1 title.

Then came a move to Real Madrid, where he won the Copa del Rey and Champions League in his first season at the club. It could have all been very different, of course, had his side lost to fierce rivals Atletico Madrid in the final. But, as things turned out, Ancelotti was crowned a European champion once again.

Villas-Boas - Miss

Before Andre Villas-Boas is given any criticism, he must be defended with the truth: he has gotten himself two jobs since leaving Chelsea - both times very quickly considering how he was previously sacked.

However, the young Portuguese has to go down as a flop who hasn't learned his lessons from his ill-fated spell at Stamford Bridge. At Tottenham, Villas-Boas was unceremoniously axed in his second season at the club. Now at Zenit, the 36-year-old's sixth job in management appears to be going smoothly. But he's only been there a few months.

Di Matteo... Unknown

During his time at Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo was most definitely a winner. Sacked after failing to progress past the Champions League group stages in his second campaign at the club, the Italian was still the proud holder of the FA Cup and Chelsea's first ever Champions League trophy.

Evaluating his career since leaving the Blues is a little harder, however, as Di Matteo is yet to take up another managerial post.

Benitez - Hit

A controversial choice as Di Matteo's 'interim' replacement, Rafael Benitez was never truly accepted at Stamford Bridge and divided opinion throughout his career. Since leaving the Blues, though, there have been no two ways about it: the Spaniard has been an undoubted success.

The same summer he left west London, Benitez immediately replaced Walter Mazzarri as Napoli boss. A season later, he has maintained the club's Champions League status and is the proud owner of one Coppa Italia.

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