Stamford Bridge interim boss realises his job hangs by a thread.
Rafa Benitez admits he might not last the season as Chelsea manager
Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has said he is not sure if he will finish the season as Blues boss after their crushing 3-1 away defeat to West Ham.
Juan Mata put Chelsea ahead early on, but strikes from Carlton Cole, Mo Diame and Modibo Maiga turned the game on its head.
The full-time whistle was greeted by booing and protests for the third game in a row from Chelsea fans, with a large section continuing to hold aloft posters demanding for Benitez to be sacked.
The result made for a tense post-match press conference, in which Benitez was greeted by a host of difficult questions – including a number about whether he fears he will be sacked less than a fortnight after taking charge.
Many of those were coolly deflected, but Benitez did finish up confessing he was not ‘100% sure’ if he would still be Blues boss by the end of the season.
Rafa Benitez is right to being worried about his future as Chelsea boss. Russian owner Roman Abramovich thought nothing of sacking a manager who brought him the long awaited maiden Champions League trophy just months after victory in Munich so clearly the Spaniard has every chance of not seeing out the current campaign.
The Spaniard was already a figure of hate with Blues fans and anything other than three straight wins would have seen that hatred fester and fester it has.
A goalless home draw with Man City was perhaps negated by the fact that it was the former Liverpool boss’s first game in charge and the West London side were up against the reigning champions who are still unbeaten. However another goalless stalemate at home to Fulham was harder to swallow.
Then came the crowning moment of an already inept reign.
Chelsea took the lead against West Ham and seemed totally in control as the whistle blew for half-time. Then something happened. Yes Sam Allarydce should get the plaudits for making some clever substitutions and geeing up his players but one has to wonder just how Rafa’s side just imploded.
West Ham romped home to a 3-1 win and many may have wondered if Abramovich would’ve just sacked Benitez there and then, but still he remains, living on borrowed time.
How much longer will he last?
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