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Newcastle Manager Rafael Benitez Feels Chelsea Stay Could Have Been Longer

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Newcastle Manager Rafael Benitez Feels Chelsea Stay Could Have Been Longer

Rafael Benitez will return to Chelsea still wondering what might have been after being handed a mission to “save” the club.

The Newcastle boss will do so firmly believing he would have stayed longer than the six months he had at Stamford Bridge had it not been for a vocal minority among the Blues’ support.

Benitez was drafted in by owner Roman Abramovich to replace Roberto di Matteo in November 2012 after the Italian had guided the club to Champions League glory, only to falter the following season.

But despite winning the Europa League and finishing third in the Premier League, Benitez was on his way out in the following May and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

The Spaniard, who was never happy with the “interim” title he was given, said: “All the feedback that I had from the professionals and the board was very positive. They couldn’t manage with what happened with some fans.

“Most fans realised the best way was to stay calm and let us do our job. We achieved what they were expecting.

“In the end, they had to decide and decided they had to change. Initially, he brought me to save the team and to achieve what we did achieve. Afterwards, they thought they had to change and they did.”

Benitez blamed a small, but influential group of critics for his swift exit, citing his spell at Liverpool and a claim – which he has always denied – that he had vowed never to manage Chelsea as the root of their ill-feeling towards him.

“Most fans realised the best way was to stay calm and let us do our job. We achieved what they were expecting.

“In the end, they had to decide and decided they had to change. Initially, he brought me to save the team and to achieve what we did achieve. Afterwards, they thought they had to change and they did.”

Benitez blamed a small, but influential group of critics for his swift exit, citing his spell at Liverpool and a claim – which he has always denied – that he had vowed never to manage Chelsea as the root of their ill-feeling towards him.

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