Since sacking Claudio Ranieri in June 2004 to appointing Andre Villas-Boas in June 2011, Roman Abramovich has reportedly coughed up over £69m in various compensation pay-outs to managers and clubs (including the hiring of director of football Frank Arnesen). During the same time, London rivals Arsenal have kept faith with Arsene Wenger and made a profit of £20.56m on transfer fees.
It should also be pointed out that, during this period, Arsenal have won a single FA Cup, while Chelsea have won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two League Cups. Both clubs have also lost a Champions League final.
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TOTAL COMPENSATION PAID BY CHELSEA SINCE 2004: £69.1m*
Claudio Ranieri (sacked June 2004) £4m compensation
Jose Mourinho (hired June 2004) £1.7m compensation to Porto
Frank Arnesen (hired June 2005) £8m compensation to Tottenham
Jose Mourinho (sacked September 2007) £18m compensation
Avram Grant (sacked May 2008) sacked £5.5m
Luiz Felipe Scolari (sacked February 2009) £12.6m compensation
Carlo Ancelotti (sacked May 2011) £6m compensation
Andre Villas-Boas (hired June 2011) £13.3m compensation to Porto
NET PROFIT ON REPORTED PLAYER TRANSFER FEES BY ARSENAL SINCE 2004: £20.56m*
2004/05 net spend: £2.55m profit
Players out: Giovanni van Bronckhorst £2m, Martin Keown Free, Ray Parlour Free, Kanu Free, Francis Jeffers £2.6m, Igor Stepanovs nominal, Sylvain Wiltord Free, Rami Shabaan Free.
2005/06 net spend: £5m loss
2006/07 net spend: £0.7m loss
2007/08 net spend: £19.9m profit
Players out: Fabrice Muamba £4m, Jeremie Alaidiere £2m, Thierry Henry £16.1m, Arturo Lupoli free, Fredrik Ljungberg £3m, Jose Antonio Reyes £6m, Matthew Connolly £1m, Lassana Diarra £5.5m
2008/09 net spend: £20.75m loss
Players out: Jens Lehmann free, Mathieu Flamini free, Alexander Hleb £11.8m, Gilberto Silva £1m, Justin Hoyte £3m
2009/10 net spend: £31m profit
Players in: Thomas Vermaelen £10m
Players out: Emmanuel Adebayor £25m, Kolo Toure £16m
2010/11 net spend: £6.44m loss
Players in: Kyle Ebecilio £0.58m, Laurent Koscielny £9.7m, Sebastian Squillaci £3.3m
Players out: Eduardo £6.34m, Jay Simpson £0.8m
*Based on reported figures from established media.