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Benitez was always going to be a stopgap replacement at Chelsea
Last summer, things were going swimmingly for Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian was appointed caretaker coach in March following the exit of Andre Villas-Boas and guided the Blues to sixth place in the league and an FA Cup and Champions League double.
That success led to his appointment as permanent manager in June, but that was where the honeymoon ended.
Former Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez replaced Di Matteo in November. The Italian was axed following some poor league results and Chelsea being on the brink of becoming the first Champions league holders to exit the competition at the group stage.
They did become the first team to do so, and with the Stamford Bridge-based club struggling in third place in the league, Roman Abramovich acted by controversially appointing Benitez until the end of the season.
Chelsea are currently in fourth place, in a three-way battle for third place with Arsenal and Tottenham, and have reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
However, the Spaniard remains unpopular with Chelsea fans and with domestic success now impossible following the recent FA Cup exit to Manchester City, the pressure will be on for Chelsea’s next coach.