Rafa Benitez's Chelsea reign could hardly have begun under worse circumstances. Following the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo, a beloved club legend who had won the Champions League six months prior to his sacking, the last person the fans wanted to see appointed was the former Liverpool manager.
In an attempt to appease the angry supporters, he promised an improvement in form before promptly leading the side to two draws and a loss in his first three Premier League games. Aside from an 8-0 demolition of relegation candidates Aston Villa before Christmas, the Spaniard has hardly covered himself in glory.
Despite this, there is still speculation that he will keep the job on a permanent basis.
Here are the reasons for and against Benitez being offered a long-term role at Stamford Bridge.