Middlesbrough.

The Spaniard has been far from popular during his short stint in West London, with large sections of the home crowd openly voicing their displeasure at his appointment.

Benitez had been critical of Chelsea during his time as Liverpool boss, causing many fans to oppose his appointment as Roberto Di Matteo’s short-term successor.

After watching his side advance to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win, the former Valencia coach finally lost his patience, confirming that he will not be staying beyond the summer:

“I have been in charge in football for 26 years. I have won the Champions League, won the FIFA Club World Cup, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish league twice, nine trophies, all the trophies you can win at club level.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“A group of fans, they are not doing any favours for the team when they are singing and wasting time preparing banners.

“It’s because someone made a mistake. They put my title as ‘interim manager’.

“I will leave at the end of the season, so they don’t need to waste time with me. They have to concentrate on supporting the team, that’s what they have to do.

“In the end, they are not doing any favours to the club, to the rest of the fans and to the players.”

His outburst damaged an otherwise positive night for the club, as they booked a spot against Manchester United in the next round of tournament.

Goals from Ramires and Victor Moses gave the travelling side, who rested a number of first-team players, victory.

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