Rafael Benitez unveiled as new Chelsea FC manager
Rafael Benitez has quickly replaced Roberto Di Matteo as manager of Chelsea FC and the Spaniard has immediately tried to appease supporters after a controversial appointment.
November 22nd, 2012
Many fans of the club clearly didn’t want Benitez to take charge despite the fact that the former Liverpool boss is only the interim manager of the club, although the 52-year-old hopes that the supporters will get behind him and the team over the coming weeks and months.
Benitez told Sky Sports News: “You know, the fans they always want the same as the manager, to win games and to win titles.”
The 52-year-old said he would take “one game at a time” but was confident of delivering.
He added: “I think it is a top side. You can challenge for trophies when you are in a top side.”
Benitez managed Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, having previously been highly successful with a Valencia team that won two league titles in Spain. He came close to steering Liverpool to a title success in 2009 when the club finished four points behind Manchester United.
It is possible that Benitez is simply keeping the Chelsea hot seat warm for Pep Guardiola who is currently enjoying a year-long sabbatical after leaving Barcelona at the end of last season, although the interim manager might have claims on a permanent position if he’s successful in the next few months.