Stamford Bridge boss won’t be staying on beyond this season.
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season and launched a tirade on the Stamford Bridge failure over their behaviour towards him.
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Speaking after his side had won 2-0 at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup to set up a quarter-final date with Manchester United, Benitez took the opportunity to hit back at the Chelsea fans who have made his life hell since replacing the sacked Roberto Di Matteo earlier in the season.
Former Liverpool boss Benitez was not a popular choice to replace crowd favourite Di Matteo when named as interim manager, and he has been roundly criticised by Chelsea fans throughout his time in west London. The results on the pitch have not helped either with Chelsea now fighting for a top-four finish to secure Champions League football for next season.
Benitez has revealed his spell in charge of Chelsea will come to an end upon the completion of the season. “I will leave at the end of the season,” the BBC quote Benitez as saying.
He was also heavily critical of owner Roman Abramovich and club’s fans’ fight to get rid of him.
He added: “Chelsea gave me the title of interim manager which is a massive mistake. I’m the manager and I will manage this club. The fans are not helping us. They have to support the team.”
He added: “I am a little bit disappointed with some of the fans. They have to support the team instead of wasting time singing songs.
“If they continue singing and talking, they are not doing [the team] any favours. I will do my best until the last day.”
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is the man most expected to take over in the summer for a second spell although Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini and Everton’s David Moyes are also in the frame.