Rafael Benitez is a football manager with a proven pedigree. Trophy wins at Valenica, Liverpool and Inter Milan made for an impressive résumé when he was asked to take over at Chelsea late last year.
Since joining the Blues the Spaniard has endured a turbulent time - Chelsea fans adamant that they didn’t want him at Stamford Bridge. Benitez’s time in London hasn’t been easy but looking back on Chelsea’s season Benitez may well feel he had an effective stint in charge.
Benitez will leave Chelsea having guided them to Champions League qualification and gaining them another European trophy - the Europa League, (his second time of winning the competition).
However, Chelsea could have finished with more than one trophy and fans are unlikely to forget the Capital One Cup, FA Cup and the Club World Cup exits when recalling on Benitez’s spell at the club.
With his interim position soon concluding many have suggested that Benitez could stay within England for a manager’s job. In an interview with TalkSport radio, Benitez was questioned about the newly vacated Everton job and didn’t rule himself out of a return to Merseyside with the Toffees.
“I have a lot of respect for Everton. They have done a great job in the last year, and you have to give credit to them. But, still I think it would be quite difficult for them to approach me and maybe even for me to go there," he said.
Benitez is a very good manager - it’s hard to discredit anyone who wins a Champions League after being 3-0 down at half time - but not one that the Chelsea faithful ever wanted. While that many sound ungrateful both Chelsea and Rafa have prospered from their short lived relationship.
SW6 is very unlikely to be Benitez’s home next year but his achievements this year are unlikely to go unnoticed in the world of football.
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