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Rafa the Gaffer - Permanent!

Rafa the Gaffer - Permanent!

Splashed all over the back page of one tabloid is something that will put the cat amongst the pigeons!

A statement stares out at you inferring that Roman Abramovich has been so impressed by how Rafa Benitez has turned things around at Stamford (six wins in the last seven games) that he`s seriously considering giving Rafa the job on a permanent basis.

It`s also inferred that Roman`s original plan, to bring Pep Guardiola to Chelsea is floundering with rumours of a return to Barcelona growing, whilst plans to bring the 'Special One` back look set to be thwarted by Jose opting for a move too either Manchester United, Manchester City or Paris t Germain.

Now whist the protests over Rafa`s interim appointment have died down, it`ll be interesting to see how the Vital Chelsea members view Rafa being given the job on a permanent basis.

Your views please!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday December 28 2012
Time: 9:35AM


Never! won't accept him under any circumstances!
28/12/2012 10:02:00
I won't say anything till I see more of this man till may, then we'll be able to assess him without bias, but right now, he is doing a decent job, our game against everton will tell us more about his tactical nous
28/12/2012 10:13:00
if roman will give Rafa full time job then get ready for new interim coach for next season....
28/12/2012 10:14:00
At the moment, I Love You RAFA.. no one was available at the time RDM left but you Rafa and the spanish Pep.. and you are far more better tactician than Di matteo, although he is my legend, the one who has been sacked at WBA.. If you can bring four trophies left this year, I will start worshiping you RAFA.. just don't care that fans who hate you.. if they are entitled to their opinion, I am also entitled to my opinion.. The Rafa lovers is the silent majority..
28/12/2012 10:15:00
Unclezillion don’t be a plonker, I too felt the same when Rafa took over, but I got out of that stage and now realise he just who we need to steady the ship and put us back on the right road , the man got balls to even take the job . he decision making is good and know how to change things and use a plan B, even putting Luiz into midfield is surely a master stroke, so lets stop be childish and back him after all the club comes first before any individual
28/12/2012 10:18:00
Too soon to tell, lets wait until may, he has 5 monhts, to prove himself, for now he hasn't played against any tough rival, except Man City in the first game in charge. The board and Roman can than decide, upon the avaible managers who would suit us best (Benitez, Guardiola and Mourinho).
28/12/2012 10:32:00
Only an ignorant person wont admit that we are a lot better under Tubby when compared to RDM (unfortunately)...At first I could not stand his appointment (espcially the match where he wore a red tie), but truth be told, the team is obviously improving...and credit to him...his Luiz conversion tells a lot about Tubby's deep and unique view of players' talents as well as tubby's personality (i.e bold)...he seems to also wanta integrate youth...he has impressed me up until this point...talking about him getting the job on a full time basis...that single decision is major for the club's future in a lot of ways and should be taken very carefully..'ll prefer to wait and see how Tubby's decisions influence the team's progress over the remaining course of the season...'ll hold on a bit more..before i can give a firm view...still early days for me
28/12/2012 10:39:00
Rafa has produced some good results so far. but also some poor ones . IF Roman thinks hes got Torres scoring , I wuld suggest Roman kees a close ey on Torres performance against Everton...a team totlly different to the lowly Aston Villa. Torres only scores against poor opposition so far. If he and the team can reproducethe vIlla result or anything close to it , against Everton, then yes, 'Id say Rafa is justifying keeping the job, but he hasnt convinced me so far
28/12/2012 10:42:00
The media is trying to unsettle the club.
28/12/2012 10:48:00
Blue_Mel, If Chelsea reproduce anything close to the Villa result at Everton it will be one of the most historic results in the history of the Premier League! Considering we have lost there 3 years on the bounce I'd happily accept a draw then beat QPR. That would be 10 points over Christmas. If Chelsea finish 3rd and win the League Cup I'd say Rafa will get the job (for good or bad!) unless of course he gets the Real Madrid job, which is definitely a possibility.
28/12/2012 10:54:00
If we are to judge rafa now i would say give him the fulltime job right away but i dont wanna jump the gun so i would rather wait till MAY then we can assess him..however rafa has really done a great job since taken over,our team play has improved,we are defendin better,scorin scores,rotating players,even youths like piazon,ake and fringe players like bertrand,fereira and marin have all gotten gametime under their belts,rafa has goten torres scorin again(doubtful) rafa or hate him he deserves all the credit he is gettin
28/12/2012 11:26:00
Obviously crappy news to unsettle d CFC fan base...Saw the news this morning and laughed it off. The more funny one was reading a quote from Rafa by Dan,saying he has really good friends at Everton. Really Rafa? Remember when you called Everton a small club? Rafa is obviously going to get a hostile reception at the mersey side,but will be interesting to see how Chelsea fans respond. Back him or let him get slacked. Lol
28/12/2012 11:40:00
I would wait till May before giving him a permanent contract. I would also judge him on tactics/results in BIG GAMES. There are lots of managers out there who would LOVE to manage Chelsea even FOR ONE YEAR. If we don't get Rafa or Pep that is NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. It was pleasing to see our young players getting some game time and I hope we can give game time to our other youth team players as well. TORRES: Just don't start please. WE ALL KNOW HE IS INCONSISTENT/fragile/goes down like a baby, for me he doesn't deserve to be in Chelsea's first team not even in the reserve team.
28/12/2012 11:41:00
I don't think this is true but lets just wait and see what the future holds.
28/12/2012 12:03:00
Early days
28/12/2012 12:11:00
Like zosblue said, this is obviously the media trying to unsettle the majority of the club's fan base who dont want him. The club's mgt is not as myopic as some fans as to make the same mistake twice in one season. Rafa's today praise singers who keep singing about how he has turned around our season would be among the first to call for his sack when results dont go our way in maybe 3 or 4 consecutive matches and hit a bad run. Just before the man utd match, every single fan on this site was singing robbie's praise about how he has made us playing attacking mesmerising football with our 3 amingos, but immediately the team hit a bad patch, they all brought out their swords demanding for rafa's head. Thats definately not how to support a team in transition.
Chelz Akamz
28/12/2012 12:17:00
u are welcomed started with draws,then wins with clean sheets,then mind blowing wins,then mdfld powerhouse'LUIZ" Now the academy boys slotting in 1st team.surely what moronic fun can't see that?plz roman continue the good work .
28/12/2012 12:18:00
*demanding for robbie's head.
Chelz Akamz
28/12/2012 12:18:00
If rafa continues his impressive run, guides us to a comfortable 3rd place finish and win 1 of the cup competitions then he must have proved himself as deserving of any future permanent deal and the stamford bridge faithfuls would accept his appointment and support him even if they would never love him like they love robbie. But singing his praises like he is the best thing to happen to us this season after just a handful of matches is really prematured. What happens should the team hit another bad run? Sack him and appoint another interim coach??
Chelz Akamz
28/12/2012 12:30:00
Obviously some fans would go jump off a cliff if rafa remains here next
28/12/2012 12:39:00
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