Rafa - Dead Man Walking?
The leading tabloid newspaper, in this country, has today committed to its back page an article about Rafa Benitez.
It`s jumped on the bandwagon that suggests, following our defeat to Swansea on Wednesday night, Rafa Benitez has no chance of landing the Chelsea job on a permanent basis.
However, before the anti-Rafa brigade start bouncing around with delight, they also point out that Benitez will not be removed from office before the end of the season.
Instead, it`s pointed out, Chelsea will up the ante to persuade Pep Guardiola to take over the managerial hot-seat come next summer with another newspaper (Daily Express) intimating that Roman Abramovich is preparing to sanction an £18 million a year deal to bring the Spaniard to West London.
Returning to Rafa, it seems, according tot eh tabloid, the rough reception Bruce Buck was given, by the Chelsea support over the treatment of Frank Lampard, may well have alerted Roman to the supports unhappiness with the way things are developing behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.
However, the intimation, from the Daily Mail, relating to supporters boycotting home games until Rafa is removed form office seems, to us, to be nothing more than a piece of sensationalist journalism.
Therefore, in summary, it seems that Rafa is here for the time being, Pep is being hunted and it`s pretty much hang on to your hats and see what happens between now and May on the football side of things!