LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Roman Abramovich has shockingly made one of the most controversial decision yet as Chelsea FC owner after he appointed Rafael Benitez to succeed Roberto Di Matteo as manager on Wednesday night.

Chelsea announced the sacking of Di Matteo on Wednesday and Benitez immediately emerged as the favourite to take over.

The Blues did said though that Benitez, a former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager, has been hired as an “interim” boss rather than on a permanent basis.

“Chelsea Football Club can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed interim first-team manager until the end of the season,” the club said on its official website at

“The owner and the board believe that, in Benitez, we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.

“The 52-year-old Spaniard is due to meet the players at the training ground in Cobham tomorrow.

“The two-time UEFA Manager of the Year comes with outstanding pedigree.

“He began his managerial career in his homeland, most notably at Valencia where he built a reputation as one of Europe’s top coaches by winning the Spanish League twice and the UEFA Cup.

“He then spent six years at Liverpool and led them to their fifth European Cup and an FA Cup.”


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  1. Kaoma Musonda

    di matteo nd chelsea were a perfect fit, I jst thought he needed to improve on his defese, I don't think rafa is the right way to go.

  2. Haa ha the di mattio (goodluck) as left o and blues as appoint (Obansojo) Rafeal Benitez as a manager is the right solution 2 the problem of chelsea right now.

  3. Of cuouse demateo made a history at stamord brdge, we gona remember u whrever u will be, because what we nee is good result. Thanx for waht u did with chelsea. Benitez can make some changes so he have to be determined couch.

  4. Prudence C Scone

    even when chelsea be winning the credit will be given to Di Mateo not RB. we need to suck Roman in the next few days.

  5. Olaseni Leke Nasiru

    abrahamovic do bad mistake foolish man.

  6. Horlanrewaju Yekinni

    wat can u do 2 help chelsea. Blues problem is phsically problem nt spiritulla p

  7. Horlanrewaju Yekinni

    wat can u do 2 help chelsea. Blues problem is phsically problem nt spiritulla p

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