Many names have been linked with the Chelsea managerial position amid speculation of Maurizio Sarri's inevitable exit. While the likes of Lampard and Allegri had many excited, the fans are now unhappy with the latest man being tipped to replace the Italian.
That coach is none other than Rafael Benitez, the Spaniard who managed the Blues from November 2012 until May 2013. The Spaniard took over the London giant in an interim role and guided them to the Europa League title many supporters are unhappy with the idea of seeing the 59-year-old back at Stamford Bridge.
Rafa is currently in charge of Newcastle but his future at St. James' Park is under doubt due to the Magpies takeover bid. Lampard might still be the odds-on favorite to succeed Sarri, but the mention of Benitez's name was enough to send a few supporters into meltdown.
While a few sources have refuted this claim, Italian publication Tuttosport states (as per Football Italia) that a second spell at Chelsea is imminent and that the club will hold a meeting with the Newcastle boss. Some have vowed to give up their season ticket should the Premier League outfit appoint the former Valencia, Liverpool, Napoli, and Real Madrid tactician.
A few outlets have downplayed this rumor
Chelsea won't comment at all on managerial process but my sources tell me they don't think there is anything in the Rafa Benitez link coming from Italy. Any angry fans can probably relax.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) June 11, 2019
However, this did not prevent a meltdown from happening
Managers linked to Chelsea in the last 24 hours.— (@TheChelseaWatch) June 11, 2019
I am contemplating moving to Mars #CFC
Chelsea fans getting trolled by Italian media over Rafa Benitez coming back to manage them— Adam Saunders (@BeardUnsheared) June 11, 2019
If Benitez is appointed again I’m giving up my season ticket.— Robbie (@robbieC94) June 11, 2019
Selling my season ticket if Benitez comes to Chelsea. Absolutely refuse to support a team with that div in charge.— Eoin Walker (@eoin_walker) June 11, 2019
Anybody can manage Chelsea but not Rafa Benitez. He is not Chelsea fans favorite.— Hasni (@hasnigudguy) June 11, 2019
Despite this report, a lot remains uncertain. Everything hinges on Sarri leaving the English capital for Juventus and while that appears to be a matter of when and not if, there remains no word of confirmation surrounding the Italian's departure.