Benitez is new Chelsea boss

19:34 21 November 2012

Rafael Benitez. Photo credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS

Rafael Benitez. Photo credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Chelsea have moved quickly to install former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as their new manager, less than 24 hours after sacking Roberto Di Matteo.

The Spaniard was the bookmakers’ favourite to become the Blues’ ninth manager in nine years and will take control as interim manager until the end of the season.

Yet the length of Benitez’s contract appears the clearest indication yet of Abramovich’s determination to land former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola once he completes his one-year sabbatical.

Tonight’s announcement was also the culmination of a breathless 24-hour period that was extraordinary even by Chelsea’s standards.

What began last night with Di Matteo finally axing Fernando Torres against Juventus, ended this evening with the arrival of the man who made the £50million flop one of the best strikers in the world but became a man largely disliked among his new club’s supporters.

In between all that, Di Matteo joined the ever-increasing list of men to be ruthlessly sacked by Abramovich, who is now on his ninth manager in a little over eight years.

In a statement, Chelsea said: ‘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.’

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Chelsea news

Monday, May 4, 2015
Ramires of Chelsea  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Midfielder Ramires has taken to Instagram to reassure supporters after missing Chelsea’s title-clinching victory on Sunday through illness.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Manager Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Alan Pardew left Crystal Palace “legend” Mile Jedinak out of the starting line-up at Chelsea so he could gauge his other players.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Eden Hazard, the best player in the league this season, proved to be the king-maker for Chelsea as they got the three points needed to defeat stubborn Crystal Palace and be proclaimed Premier League champions.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Ex-Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea applauds the crowd(Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Cesc Fabregas is targeting a Premier League and Champions League double next season after winning his first English championship.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Jose Mourinho the manager of Chelsea  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Chelsea won the Premier League title after a 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on Sunday.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Read more

Chelsea Transfer News