Benitez confirms he will leave Chelsea in rant at fans & Abramovich

The Spaniard has revealed he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season but has hit out at the club's supporters for their vocal opposition to his appointment
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has hit out at the club's fans for having an "agenda" against him and criticised Roman Abramovich for appointing him on an interim basis in a lengthy post-match rant.


November 21, 2012
Rafael Benitez is appointed as Roberto Di Matteo's replacement on an "interim" basis until the end of the season.
November 25, 2012
Draws 0-0 with champions Manchester City in his first game in charge, but fans applaud the departed Di Matteo in the 16th minute.
December 16, 2012
Loses Club World Cup final to Corinthians to extend start to just three wins in opening seven games.
December 23, 2012
Chelsea beat Aston Villa 8-0 in most prolific league win since beating Wigan by a similar scoreline in May 2010.
January 23, 2013
Loses Capital One Cup semi-final to Swansea City over two legs as Eden Hazard gets sent off for kicking a ball-boy.
February 27, 2013
Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 to reach FA Cup quarter-finals but Benitez rants after the game about the fans' continual protests and his "interim" tag.
The Spaniard delivered the astonishing post-match tirade after witnessing the travelling Blues support chanting "Rafa Benitez, we know what you are" as his side booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Benitez has the worst win percentage of any Chelsea manager in the Roman Abramovich era, and has been hugely unpopular with the fans since replacing club legend Roberto Di Matteo in November.

"I'm a little bit disappointed with a group of fans singing, and I think they are not doing any favours for the team," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"They have to support the team instead of wasting time making banners and singing songs, and create a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

"They have to support the players. I am an experienced manager, and I will do my best until the last day.

"They gave me the title of 'Interim Manager'. It's a massive mistake. I'm the manager, and I will manage the team until the end, every single minute.

"If they want to carry on wasting time because they have an agenda, they have to accept responsibility when something is wrong.

"It's not just 'We blame this one or that one'. They have to support the team. If we stick together, we can achieve what we want to achieve - the Champions League. If not, they can carry on singing but it will be in the Europa League.

"They have to realise they are not doing any favours for the rest of the fans, and also to the players.

"I am a professional, I am doing my job. What I want to do is win every single game for Chelsea Football Club.

"At the end of the season I will leave, they don't have to worry about me.

"All they have to do is to support the team, support the players. It is a group of people who have an agenda. They have to realise the rest of the fans want to see the team in the Champions League next year.

"It's not about whether I'm right or wrong. We have to see the team in the Champions League next year.

"They have to support the team. At the end of the season I will leave, they don't have to worry about me."