Rumours that Rafael Benitez could replace Carlo Ancelotti as Chelsea’s manager are being squashed by Roman Abramovich. The former Liverpool coach has shown an interest in taking over at Stamford Bridge but the Russian billionaire was quick to put the idea to bed.
Benitez has told his representatives that he is interested in the job, he is currently without work as he was fired in December from the coaching role at Inter Milan a job he started only 6 months after losing his job at Anfield.
Although Benitez helped Liverpool win the Champions League in 2005, Abramovich is not thought to be a fan of the Spaniard. The closest he came to winning the league was in 2009 when Liverpool finished 2nd behind Manchester United.
According to the Daily Mail Abramovich thinks Benitez’s approach to the game is too cautious and he dislikes his reputation for arguing with the boardroom at every club he manages. The Russian billionaire prefers managers that work closely with the board rather than trying to go their own way.
Abramovich is still considering whether to let Carlo Ancelotti stay on as manager of the Blues even if they retain the Premier League. He still hopes he can convince Guus Hiddink to quit his job as Turkey’s national manger and join Chelsea for next season.
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