Rafa Benitez Faces Chelsea Exit After Outburstby Jack Kitson / 28 February 2013, 09:56Tweet
Rafa Benitez is on the brink of losing his job following a sensational outburst at Chelsea's fans and hierarchy. The interim manager lost his cool in an explosive rant following his side's 2-0 win at Middlesbrough during which he confirmed that he will definitely exit Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. However, his comments mean he could face the sack even sooner, with the Spaniard now the hot favourite in the Premier League Sack Race.
Benitez hit out at a section of Chelsea's fans who continue to criticise him with unpleasant banners and chants. The former Liverpool boss also criticised the owners for giving him the title "interim manager", which he said was a "massive mistake".
Meanwhile Wednesday night's victory at the Riverside sees Chelsea progress through to the sixth round of the FA Cup, meaning they will now travel to Man Utd in a mouth-watering last-8 tie. The Blues are also in the Europa League round of 16 where they face FC Steaua Bucurest. Furthermore they face a fight on their hands to finish in the Premier League's top four, which is turning out to be a compelling battle between themselves and London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho remains the red hot favourite to replace Benitez in the Next Chelsea Manager Market. The former Chelsea boss is almost certain to leave Real Madrid in the summer and it is now becoming more and more likely that he will make a stunning return to Stamford Bridge. Other contenders include Gus Poyet, David Moyes and Michael Laudrup.