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.


Rafa Benitez has boarded a plane bound for Heathrow. He arrives very late tonight. Next stop #CFC.


Rafa Benitez is in advanced negotiations to become the new Chelsea manager with an announcement possible as soon as this evening. #cfc

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.


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.