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Rafa Benitez Casts Doubt over Seeing Chelsea Through Till Season's End

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Rafael Benitez of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground on December 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Adrian AgiusAnalyst IDecember 2, 2012

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez has cast doubt over whether he will still have a job at Stamford Bridge come the end of the season. Following a dismal 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham and a scoreless draw against Manchester City, the Spaniard remains winless in his new job.

In an interview published on ESPN, Benitez was questioned about his future at the club following his poor start. The former Liverpool manager said: "I would say that it depends on the things that we can do on the pitch. So, if we improve on the pitch, it will be easier for everyone." When asked whether he was 100 percent about keeping his job at Chelsea Benitez, he revealed, "No, I am not 100 percent. We didn't win today - that is the main thing.''

If there is one thing that Chelsea doesn't need right now, it is a new coach. Love him or hate him, Chelsea need stability even if it means sticking it out with Benitez. Ideally, fans may argue Roberto Di Matteo was sacked prematurely. But the reality is that over the last few years there has been no real set plan at the Blues that has been seen out by a manager.

If you look to the clubs that have tasted ongoing success of late—rather than sporadic—the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, you will notice that stability in the coaching department has brought much silverware.

The Red Devils through Sir Alex Ferguson's scope are able to assist in the growth of players from a young age. The Bianconeri have perfected the 3-5-2 system under Antonio Conte. Dortmund have succeeded under Jurgen Klopp's well structured, tactical brilliance being employed through the youth system.

The Blues' current playing roster is one of the best in the world. Any team that boasts the likes of Juan Mata, John Terry and Petr Cech should be able, at the very least, to hold on to a 1-0 lead against West Ham. It isn't a matter of signing players, it is a matter of giving players confidence in their manager and in their setup. 

Such confidence doesn't develop overnight. Although Di Matteo experienced a poor run of form before his sacking, there was a real belief that he had the support of the players completely behind him. The Italian manager had a vision for Chelsea club, but when he left, so did it.

Now it is up to Benitez to develop and make clear his own plans for the Blues, gaining the backing of those around him in the process.

Chelsea can't get rid of him just yet, nor can he concede this season is over.

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