Ron Suart

1974 - 1975

An experienced veteran of the game, mostly at a lower level with Blackpool, Barrow-born Suart arrived at Stamford Bridge as assistant to Tommy Docherty in July 1967.

In October 1974, with the Blues 20th in the First Division, the Cumbrian took over as caretaker from sacked Dave Sexton – whom he had succeeded in the assistant role seven years earlier. Suart’s first act was to promote Eddie McCreadie, whose reserve side topped the Football Combination, to first team coach (Sexton’s assistant Dario Gradi went in the other direction).

Chelsea’s desire to appoint a permanent boss was, however, evident in the unsuccessful pursuit of legendary player Frank Blunstone, who elected to remain youth team coach at Old Trafford. With morale trashed, Suart could do nothing to sustain a recovery and on 16 April he stepped upstairs to become general manager, with retired left-back Eddie McCreadie handling day-to-day team duties. Chelsea were relegated for the first time in 12 years, Suart finishing with the second-lowest win rate of all Blues managers albeit in very difficult circumstances.

Suart later worked as chief scout before leaving Chelsea in the mid-1980s. He died aged 94 in March 2015.

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