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Rafa Benitez gets the bookie's backing for Chelsea hotseat


It hasn't taken long for the bookmakers to pick out a strong favourite to succeed Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea after he was sacked this morning. Indeed it hasn't been 24 hours since and one name, Rafa Benitez, is already widely backed to be the next man in charge at Stamford Bridge. 

With odds as short as 1/8 on being touted about by some bookies, the expectation is based more than on rumours. 

Benitez was in talks over the summer to join the club, but walked away after he was only offered a year long deal, by which time former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola would have finished his sebatical from management.

Guardiola has been wanted by Roman Abramovich ever since he left Barcelona to take a break from the game, and there have been reports on the Daily Mail website that he was offered the job a month ago, when Chelsea lost to Shakhtar Donnesk.

But he is supposedly currently enjoying his time in New York, and may be reluctant to cut his break short. Benitez however, has flown to England from the UAE, where he had been for a coaching seminar, and was expected to remain until the end of the week.

Whoever takes charge will be the ninth man to do so since Roman Abramovich took over the club, with the European cup still a big priority, although after yesterday's defeat, qualification is now out of their own hands.
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