Chelsea have reportedly made contact with Newcastle United boss and former interim manager Rafa Benitez as a potential replacement for Maurizio Sarri.
According to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Chelsea are considering a move for the Spaniard and their interest is delaying the impending move to Juventus for Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea want to bring in a replacement before confirming the departure of Sarri to the Old Lady.
The report claims that an announcement could be made in Turin either on Wednesday or Thursday.
Benitez is not going to be a popular choice among supporters, just like he wasn’t when he replaced Roberto Di Matteo back in 2012.
As a result of his previous comments about Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge of the club, there has been some bad blood between supporters and the Spaniard.
Despite the fact he guided the Blues to a Europa League trophy during his previous spell, he is unlikely to be a popular choice.
Why Chelsea should not appoint Benitez
Unrest among supporters
Supporters are already unhappy at Stamford Bridge and appointing Benitez would only add fuel to the fire.
Albeit at Newcastle United, the football Benitez has played at St James’ Park leaves a lot to be desired. This is not the direction Chelsea need to take.
The fans want Super Frank
Whether or not he is the right man for the job, Chelsea supporters want to see Frank Lampard in the dugout next season. Appointing Benitez is quite the opposite.
Tried and tested
Benitez would be considered by some as ‘yesterday’s news’, Chelsea’s interest in Lampard shows that they are clearly trying to find a more modernised coach.