Chelsea: Rafael Benitez Boos Will Continue Say Fans

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Chelsea supporters will boo interim boss Rafael Benitez until the end of the season, says a fans’ group.

“Benitez isn’t popular and he will remain unpopular throughout his reign”

Trizia Fiorellino Chair of Chelsea Supporters’ Group said.

Benitez was jeered in his technical area during Sunday’s match against Manchester City.

“We want the powers that be to realise we didn’t want him,” said Trizia Fiorellino, chair of Chelsea Supporters’ Group.

David Johnstone, spokesman for the cfcuk fanzine, says booing “doesn’t help the team”.

Former Liverpool manager Benitez took over from Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked after the team lost to Juventus in the Champions League.

Following Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City, Benitez said that he wanted to change the perception of the fans by winning games.

But Fiorellino said: “The strength of feeling surprised even those in charge . It was quite venomous right at the beginning.

“The fans don’t expect to pick and choose the managers but it was pretty evident there were only two people that were not acceptable in this case – Benitez and Avram Grant.

“It was almost as if the board and the owner were trying to send a message to the fans to say ‘we run this club, not you – you have no say’.

“Benitez is not popular and I think he will remain unpopular throughout his reign.”

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