Hostile reception for Benitez

Rafael Benitez was given a hostile reception by Chelsea fans at his first match in charge of the Blues - and a goalless draw with Manchester City did nothing to help.

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Football managers react to Di Matteo out, Benitez in

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Real Madrid manager and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports: "I supported Roberto and I wished him to do well, and I will support the next Chelsea manager. I wish good luck to Benitez."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "[The appointment and deal] is a surprise as well because Rafael Benitez is a guy who has a record. He is a manager of stature and it is a surprise he is appointed for such a short time. I am surprised as well he accepted that."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, a former member of the Chelsea coaching staff, said: "I felt for Robbie because he went in there and did a brilliant job. It is incredible you can win the Champions League and a domestic cup competition and find yourself out of a job."

Rafa Benitez's career in pictures

A young Rafa Benitez at Valencia in 2001 Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
Benitez becomes new Liverpool manager in 2004 Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport
Rafa wins the Champions League in 2005 Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Archive
Rafa with Steven Gerrard after winning the FA Cup in 2006
Benitez formed a lethal partnership with Torres Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive
Benitez was sacked by Liverpool in 2010 Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive
Rafa joined Inter Milan in 2011 but was sacked after six months at the helm Credit: REUTERS


Twitter reaction to Benitez becoming Chelsea manager

Di Matteo: Lifting Champions League was highlight of my career

Roberto Di Matteo celebrates Chelsea's Champions League win with John Terry. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo issued a statement this evening through the League Managers' Association:

"It was an honour for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart. I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months."

“Lifting Chelsea's first Champions League trophy, in Munich, was the best achievement in club history and without doubt the highlight of my career to date, both as a player and manager. It is a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life."


Reports: Rafa Benitez set to be named new Chelsea manager

Guillem Balague is a Spanish football journalist and friend of Rafa Benitez:

Ian Herbert is a football journalist for the Independent who co-wrote Benitez's Euro 2012 column:

Tony Barrett is a football writer for the Times:

No Guardiola decision 'until new year'

Sid Lowe, a football journalist based in Spain, says reported Chelsea target Pep Guardiola will not make a decision on his future "until new year at the earliest".

Guardiola has been taking a break from football since he left Barcelona at the end of last season.

Reports: Chelsea close to appointing Rafa Benitez

Reports from the BBC and the Telegraph claim that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is close to being appointed as the next manager of Chelsea.

His managerial record so far:

1995 - 2001: Real Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura, Tenerife.

Valencia 2001 - 2004: Two league titles and one UEFA Cup win.

Liverpool 2004 - 2010: One Champions League (2005), One FA Cup (2006), One UEFA Super Cup (2005), One Premier League second place finish (2009).

Inter 2010: Appointed in June 2010, he was sacked in December of the same year after a disappointing run of results.

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