Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is odds on favourite along with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to take over in ‘hell’ as described by Luis Felipe Scolari.
Benitez has been shortlisted by Chelsea as a potential successor to Andre Villas-Boas.
In an interview by Sky Sports News the former reds gaffer was keen to stress his desire of returning to management with a top club capable of competing for trophies but refused to name Chelsea as a possible destination. He did however comment on the departure of Andre Villas-Boas from the club, stating:
“I don’t like to see any manager lose a job. Before, people were more patient but now you have to win almost every week.
I have experience in Spain and Italy and it is even worse there, after two or three games you are under pressure.”
He went on to state his plans and ambitions for the future:
“I would like to have in the future a top side, a top club that can fight for titles and challenge. That was my idea when I came to Liverpool, after I went to Inter it was the same and Valencia was the same.
“My experience is in the Champions League, to challenge and to try and win trophies.”
Although Jose Mourinho is the obvious fans choice and he has a good relationship with Roman Abramovich as well as with the senior players at Chelsea, the Daily Mirror claim one advantage Benitez has over ‘the special one’ is his history with Fernando Torres.
The mis-firing forward has struggled from day one to settle at Stamford Bridge, seemingly struggling to come to terms with Chelsea’s style of play but also the Spaniard is yet to play under a Chelsea boss who believes in him.
Benitez signed Fernando Torres for Liverpool where he enjoyed the greatest, most successful spell of his career under the former Valencia coach. Asked about his relationship with Torres, Benitez stated:
“I was really pleased with Fernando at Liverpool. It was fantastic for the club, for him, for everyone. He’s a top-class player and he will do well.”
Some people believe Jose Mourinho is not the man to take the club forward as this would mean exiling the players he purchased and who gave him so much during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Benitez on the other hand has no previous affiliaton with the senior players who it seems Abramovich is keen to move on and maybe he sees the future of Chelsea lying around Fernando Torres and Juan Mata, both of whom would surely flourish under a Spanish manager.
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