Guilleme Balague has used/abused his personal ties with Rafa Benitez to break the story, although I haven’t seen it reported yet elsewhere. Details as they emerge, blargh.

INEVITABLE UPDATE #1 Another Tweet! And this one’s from a real newspaper and everything!


It’s now up on the Chelsea FC webzone:

Chelsea Football Club can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed interim first-team manager until the end of the season.

The owner and the Board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.

The 52-year-old Spaniard is due to meet the players at the training ground in Cobham tomorrow.

The two-time UEFA Manager of the Year comes with outstanding pedigree. He began his managerial career in his homeland, most notably at Valencia where he built a reputation as one of Europe’s top coaches by winning the Spanish League twice and the UEFA Cup. He then spent six years at Liverpool and led them to their fifth European Cup and an FA Cup.

Giffy goodness care of James Dart: