5 Fan-Friendly Replacements for Rafa Benitez at Chelsea

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5 Fan-Friendly Replacements for Rafa Benitez at Chelsea
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If Rafa Benitez leaves Chelsea this summer, who should replace him?

As Chelsea's interim manager, Rafa Benitez's contract expires in the summer. And after the Blues' midweek draw with Reading—where they let slip a two-goal lead in the closing stages of the game—it doesn't look likely his time at Stamford Bridge will be extended.

But who will step in on a permanent basis to replace the Spaniard? Pep Guardiola was the favourite for many until he agreed to join Bayern Munich in time for 2013/14, while a host of other managers have been linked with the Blues.

What is clear is Chelsea's need to appoint a manager who will recapture the Stamford Bridge faithful's imagination and reignite their love affair with owner Roman Abramovich.

Firing a Chelsea legend in Roberto Di Matteo and replacing him with an old foe in Benitez was never going to be a good PR move, but what appointment would?

In no particular order, Bleacher Report identifies five candidates who could get the Chelsea fans back on side.

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