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!

INEVITABLE UPDATE #2

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:

Comments (7)

  1. Apparently Pep couldn’t be purchased at this time. I suspect that an 18 month contract was put in place to either coincide with Pep’s return to footy, or with the intention of limiting the inevitable buy-out when he becomes available at some point.

    • Isn’t the current rumour that Pep is holding out for when the ManCity job becomes available in the summer?

  2. Not surprising. TBH I don’t think Pep was ever going to take the Chelsea job. We’ve seen over 9 managers and multiple trophies won there is literally nothing any manager on this planet can do to satisfy the mysterious visions RA has for that club.

    Anyways this is annoying as I didn’t want that fat spanish waiter anywhere near the EPL for the next millennium but eh we are all desperate for a job, I get it.

  3. He may get more production out of Torres but will quickly alienate the old guard. Luckily they are all but gone. Say hello to boring football.

  4. Pep would have been a much better solution to Chelsea’s crisis…Rafa is just horrible..

  5. I always find it hard to believe how many people give Rafa Benitez no credit at all as far as his managing ability. He’s a proven winner in multiple countries, but has been painted as anything but by the media, especially in England.

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