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Premier League: Three unpopular managerial appointments

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Benitez did not receive a warm welcome from the Chelsea faithful (©GettyImages)
Benitez did not receive a warm welcome from the Chelsea faithful (©GettyImages).

There are many players that join clubs when they are obviously not wanted.

But there are also managers that are disliked by home support when they join a particular team.

Here are the top three unwanted managerial arrivals in the Premier League. 

3. Harry Redknapp | Southampton

Harry Redknapp was not the most popular man in the south of England when he jumped ship from Portsmouth to arch-rivals Southampton in 2004.

Saints supporters were livid that chairman Rupert Lowe had employed Redknapp from their fiercest rivals, and Harry's new team started poorly, losing five games in the first seven fixtures.

The poor form resumed all season, when finally the Saints were relegated after winning only five games all season. To top it all off for Southampton supporters, Redknapp returned to Portsmouth the following season. Talk about loyalty. 

2. Alex McLeish | Aston Villa

Alex McLeish was the talk of the Midlands in the summer of 2011, when he suddenly left Carling Cup winning Birmingham to join arch-enemies Aston Villa.

The Villa fans were far from happy, after mocking their neighbours all summer following Birmingham's City's relegation, despite their neighbours winning major silverware in the Carling Cup that season. 

But it was soon Aston Villa who became the laughing stock as McLeish guided his new team to some unwanted records. Records included their lowest Premier League points total ever (38), fewest wins in a season (7) and the worst home record in the league that season (19 points from 57 available). 

Coupled with a third round Carling Cup exit to Bolton Wanderers and a fourth round FA Cup exit to Arsenal, this topped off a thoroughly disastrous season for McLeish, and his dismissal followed promptly, namely one day after the final game of the season. 

1. Rafael Benitez | Chelsea

It was just never meant to be for Benitez at the Bridge. From the very beginning the Spaniard was up against it. The Stamford Bridge faithful were outraged at the interim appointment by Roman Abramovich in November following the dismissal of heroic Champions League winner Roberto Di Matteo, and they soon nicknamed their new manager "the interim one". 

"I would never take that job", "Chelsea fans lack passion" and "We don't need to give our supporters flags to wave" are the words that Chelsea fans quote whenever they speak of Benitez. The Spaniard wasn't very polite towards the Chelsea fans during his tenure with Liverpool, and the words came back to haunt him as soon as he took the job. 

The former Valencia man also had a strained relationship with Mourinho, refusing to shake hands with the Portuguese coach on two occasions, and also famously suggesting that Mourinho only stopped liking him when Liverpool started to win games. 

But the football was actually decent when Benitez took over, with the Spaniard rekindling his relationship with Fernando Torres who found some form following Benitez's appointment.

A third place finish in the Premier League followed and also a Europa League trophy was bought back to Stamford Bridge after victory over Benfica in the final. 

Supporters did ease off after a while, but the Chelsea fans were glad to see him go at the end of the season. And, of course, they got their main wish: Mourinho returned. 

 

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