‘Interim Manager’ Rafa Benitez to leave Chelsea

After lots of criticisms and bad waves about Chelsea’s interim manager Rafa Benitez, he finally announced his departure from Stamford Bridge after the end of this season. He blames club fans of bashing him all the way despite his serious affords to revive Fulham club. He talked about his future at the club after their 2-0 win at Middlesbrough and said since he was just an interim manager; he would have to leave anyway. Notably, Chelsea has been advanced to FA cup quarterfinals where they will clash with Manchester United, and as per early predictions, it would be a tough task to defeat United under current stretchy managerial post. Last week, Benitez asked the owners to think twice before taking any harsh decision, coz according to him, he is in best position to the lead the team, perhaps he also made several promises to win at least one title in coming years. Now, when he has lost all the hopes to remain at the club, he finally admitted his departure. He also blamed his past where he used to be associated with Liverpool; this is something which was not in liking of Chelsea fans. Talking about fans’ anger, he said,

“I have been in charge in football for 26 years – I have won the Champions League, won the FIFA Club World Cup, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish league twice, nine trophies, all the trophies you can win at club level. A group of fans, they are not doing any favors for the team when they are singing and wasting time preparing banners. It’s because someone made a mistake. They put my title `interim manager.”

This is not the first time something like this is happened to a manager, coz Benitez himself replaced former manager Roberto di Matteo in November who was fired in similar fashion when he could not deliver the results. Though, Benitez knew right from the beginning that his job is just temporary, yet he was living with a dream that he can lead the club on a permanent basis if he could show some successes in the field. Likewise, he won some matches, but off late, his strategies were not in liking of a large section of Chelsea fans especially his few critical decisions, like resting John Terry for City clash.

He further added, “I am the manager and I will be managing the team I like to manage – players and no names. I have proved in these three months that I want to win every single game … If a group of fans continue their agenda … they are not making any favors for the team. They should concentrate on supporting the team. They put pressure on the players and don’t create a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. They have to realize they rare making a big mistake. … it would be much better to have a good atmosphere.”