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 www.chelseafc.com.
“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.”