FORMER LIVERPOOL BOSS Rafa Benitez has tonight been confirmed as the new Chelsea manager.
The Spaniard takes over from Roberto di Matteo who was sacked today.
Benitez — who led the Reds to a famous Champions League success in 2005 — has penned a short-term contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed interim first-team manager until the end of the season,” a statement on the club’s website reads.
“The owner and the Board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives. The 52-year-old Spaniard is due to meet the players at the training ground in Cobham tomorrow.”
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