Revisiting the Chelsea Manager Merry-Go-Round

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5. Rafael Benitez (November 2012 to May 2013)

Benitez Chelsea manager

Rafael Benitez, jobless since his firing from Inter Milan, didn’t hesitate in advocating himself for the vacant post. Central to his application was the claim that he could reinvigorate Fernando Torres, a player he had so successfully bought to Liverpool at his time there.

Benitez was hired as interim Chelsea manager and given the task of resurrecting Chelsea. Though he did lead Chelsea to Europa League glory and league results did improve substantially, Benitez was derided at Chelsea. The fans were never happy. They still remembered Benitez’s ‘plastic fans’ jibe at them from his time at Liverpool, and nicknamed him “Fat Spanish Waiter”.

He also controversially dropped John Terry in favour of playing a David Luiz and Gary Cahill combo in the centre of defence. In the end, Benitez didn’t get the job permanently. However, he did succeed in reviving his career and subsequently got the job at Napoli.

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