Chelsea back Benitez up after rant on fans and club
Chelsea‘s interim manager Rafa Benitez will continue at Stamford Bridge until the end of the Premier League season in spite of his criticism against the fans and the club hierarchy, The Guardian says.
The club believes the controversial statements thrown by the Spaniard aim to the critical fans rather that owner Roman Abramovich, and decided to avoid more contention by classifying the rant as “business as usual”.
At the press conference held after the 2-0 FA Cup victory in Middlesborough, Benitez showed his disapproval about the constant abuse he suffers from a sector of the supporters, suggesting that the ‘interim’ label the board gave him contributes to the fan aversion.
“I have a contract until the end of the season, that’s it, so they [the fans] don’t need to be worried about me”.
“I have a title. Someone decided the title would be ‘interim’. Why? Just in case? If they want to blame me for everything that is wrong and then they say, ‘We will put interim just in case’, fine, that is your decision”, the coach said.
Benitez insisted that the supporter groups against him during the cup game were a minority, but emphasised that their attitude is not helping the club on its duties.
“The Chelsea fans are really good, they support the team, but if they continue with their agenda, I don’t think they do any favours to the team”, he assured.