Former Anfield boss linked with potential Stamford Bridge post.
Benitez in frame to replace AVB if Chelsea’s stock continues to plummet
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is high on Chelsea’s list of candidates to replace Andre Villas-Boas until the end of the season if Roman Abramovich loses
patience with his coach.
Villas-Boas will find himself in a precarious position if things go badly at Napoli in the Champions League.
With his team fifth in the Barclays Premier League and facing a tricky FA Cup replay at Birmingham, Villas-Boas’s debut season at Chelsea continues to go from bad to worse.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
If Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich does indeed decide to axe Andre Villas-Boas, and the chances of the Russian sacking the Blues boss do appear to increase with every wayward result, then a move to bring in Spaniard Rafa Benitez would be a fairly intelligent decision.
Though the 51 year old had a shaky last season at Anfield and followed that up with a disastrous six months stint at the San Siro as Inter Milan boss Benitez has overall had a very good record in European football management. Whilst at Valencia he broke the Barcelona/Real Madrid stranglehold and guided his Mestalla club to two La Liga titles and a UEFA Cup triumph.
He then led Liverpool to the Champions League title in his first season at the Merseyside club and is still thought of fondly by the club’s supporters. His record of 179 victories against 79 defeats during his six years in charge of the Premier League club is a very decent one and indeed seeing as Inter Milan continue to struggle since Benitez left the club 14 months ago that would suggest that the Serie A club’s problems were not of his own making.
Abramovich dearly wants to clinch a maiden Champions League triumph and may feel that the experienced Madrid born boss would work well in charge of the West London side but one would wonder if Benitez is ready to manage another English side given his good relationship with Liverpool Football Club and their fans?