5 Potential Replacements for Rafa Benitez at Chelsea

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5 Potential Replacements for Rafa Benitez at Chelsea
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Just before another 'Rafa Rant'

Chelsea 'Interim Manager' Rafa Benitez has come out in the press this week and announced he will be leaving the club at the end of the season following a turbulent (to say the least) period in charge of the South London club. 

Chelsea have seen a vast array of managerial talent grace their dug-out from World Cup winners to club legends, and none have done enough for owner Roman Abramovich to keep in the job. 

Claudio Ranieri managed Chelsea's highest finish for years and broke records for their defensive ability, whilst also reaching the Champions League semi-finals, but that season he was sacked.

Jose Mourinho came in and won an unprecedented (with Chelsea) two Premier Leagues, two league cups, an FA Cup and the Community Shield, but differences with the chairman led to his departure.

Avram Grant then took over the elusive reins and led Chelsea to League Cup and Champions League Final defeats...their first EVER Champions League final, but he didn't last.

World Cup winner Phil Scolari became the manager in July 2008 and after a string of poor results was given the boot in February 2009.

Guus Hiddink would finish that season as manager leading Chelsea to the FA Cup, but due to his international commitments, he couldn't take over full time.

Carlo Ancelotti, who had won everything there was to win with AC Milan in Italy, took over and led the club to a Premier League and FA Cup double, but one year later, with no major trophies and his assist sacked from above him, joined the managerial casualty list.

Chelsea turned to young former Mourinho apprentice Andre Villas-Boas who had won the treble (Europa League, Portuguese Cup and League) with Porto, but his tenure lasted only months. 

Roberto Di Matteo took over the team as a club legend and AVB's assistant, leading Chelsea to surprising FA Cup and Champions League glory, but months later he was sacked.

Rafa was put in 'interim' control but now appears to be on the way out...so who could come in?

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