Two former Chelsea bosses set to return
Although Rafael Benitez will be in charge of Chelsea for this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion, Avram Grant may replace him until the end of the season and then Jose Mourinho in the summer, reports the London Evening Standard.
Standard Sport understands Chelsea’s interest in ‘The Special One’ has increased, as Chelsea look to make their second managerial change of the season.
The Spaniard is on the verge of the sack, according to the newspaper, after a mad outburst after the Blues beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the FA Cup fifth round last night, complaining of his ‘interim’ manager label.
He also slammed the Chelsea faithful for chanting abuse towards and him and displaying banners at games saying ‘Rafa Out’, and confirmed that he will be leaving at the end of the season.
Benitez took training today and Chelsea insisted that it is ‘business as usual’ after the outburst, but may be planning to make another change as the West London club are in danger of missing out on Champions League football next season.
Although he was far from popular with the fans, Grant is expected to take charge temporarily, until Mourinho replaces him in the summer, the newspaper claims.
It would be a dramatic return for Mourinho, who won five major trophies in a three-year stint at the club.
Benitez arrived at the club and was told his main objective was to qualify for the Champions League next season, but having only won three of their last eight games they have dropped to fourth place, with Arsenal just two points behind them.
They also failed to win the FIFA Club World Cup and were dumped out the Capital One Cup in the semi-final by Swansea City.
Benitez has also reportedly fallen out with many first team players, intensifying the rumours that he will get the sack.