Former Liverpool man set to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Rafa Benitez is on the brink of being appointed the new Chelsea manager and could be in place for Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round replay against Birmingham.
Andre Villas-Boas’s team slumped to another embarrassing defeat yesterday, losing 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion, and the young Chelsea boss admitted he did not know if he would survive in the job much longer.
Chelsea have already made contact with former Liverpool manager Benitez and, asked if he thought he would still be in charge for Tuesday’s game, Villas-Boas said: ‘Don’t ask me, ask the owner.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Andre Villas-Boas certainly looked like a dead man walking when he faced the press after another poor performance, a defeat at West Brom, left the Blues boss in very real danger of the axe. The young Portuguese manager has had a torrid season and the West London club’s inability to mount a title challenge may not have surprised many but the very real prospect of Chelsea missing out on a top four finish is something that owner Roman Abramovich is not likely to accept.
Chelsea’s defeat at The Hawthorns, coupled with Arsenal’s win at Liverpool, leaves the club three points off the North London club in fifth spot and this source believes that situation will lead to the former FC Porto man getting the sack sooner rather than later.
With Chelsea set for a succession of crucial cup matches, a replay at high flying Championship side Birmingham City followed by a Champions League encounter with Napoli and with games against Tottenham and Man City this month, Abramovich may feel that the introduction of a new boss could rejuvenate a side that has looked jaded and devoid of ideas and team spirit in recent months.
Benitez has been out of the game for 14 months, having been sacked by Inter Milan after a fairly poor spell at San Siro, and the Spaniard would surely be tempted by a return to the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez led Valencia to two La Liga titles before he took over at Anfield where he led Liverpool to a Champions League triumph in his first season at the Merseyside club.