Rafael Benitez hails Abramovich and reveals an earlier snub to Chelsea job
Chelsea’s new manager Rafael Benitez believes working with Roman Abramovich will be a doddle compared to dealing with Liverpool’s incompetent American owners. Rafael Benitez said that the difficulties and problems he expects to face at Chelsea will be a pale comparison of the ordeal he suffered at Liverpool under then owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
Tom Hicks and George Gillett sold Liverpool under-pressure for £300 million two years ago to another American, John W Henry. Since arriving from Abu Dhabi, where he was attending a coaching seminar, Rafael Benitez has went on to praise the Champions League winners Chelsea and their owner Roman Abramovich. Perhaps the Spaniard should be reminded that he is the ninth manager of Roman Abramovich in nine seasons.
“It was a difficult time, but still we were performing,” Rafael Benitez said in reference to his time at Liverpool under Tom Hicks and George Gillett. “Now you have a different situation and it will be easier.
If you have two bosses who aren’t talking to each other, it’s difficult. You want a striker and one of them says: ‘I don’t know...’ This will be easier.
“The info I have from different people is that the owner here likes to see his team playing good football, but he’s not involved every day, telling the manager to do this or that.”
Rafael Benitez’s predecessors Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo believe Roman Abramovich’s direct involvement with Chelsea affairs is the reason behind the club’s unstable structure and history.
The Spaniard, who has also managed Inter Milan, has been given the task of reviving Chelsea till the end of the season. Rafael Benitez believes he will be able to accomplish his task. Well, he has a two La Ligas, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and Champions League to boast about.
Rafael Benitez also revealed that he had the chance of managing Chelsea for three months last season, however he rejected it as there was too much uncertainty.
“I could have had a three or four-year contract with a big salary on another continent. I was waiting for the right offer in the Premier League. I will not analyse whether the job’s for six or seven months or whatever.
“You look at the squad and how many trophies you can win. Five? Okay, I will do my best. Di Matteo was doing a great job but football is like this now. You change managers, sometimes too soon, but it’s life.
“At Inter Milan, we won two trophies (the FIFA World Club Championship and the Supercoppa Italiana) in five months, and then I was out like this. But I haven’t lost anything. I have even more desire.”