Benitez appointed Chelsea coach

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Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was appointed interim coach of Chelsea on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old Spaniard – who is far from a fans favourite – becomes the ninth manager since the arrival of the club’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich in 2003. The former Valencia and Inter boss has been given the job until the end of the season.

He replaces Roberto Di Matteo in the Chelsea hotseat after the Italian was sacked earlier in the day despite leading the side to their first Champions League title just six months ago.

Although, on Tuesday night Chelsea lost 3-0 to Juventus leaving the Londoners on the brink of becoming the first defending champions to exit Europe’s top club competition at the group stage.

Benitez’s short-term appointment could lead to a summer approach for ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola – a manager highly-sought after by Abramovich and the Blues faithful.