Speaking at Trinity College Dublin on Monday evening; former Liverpool Champions League winning (2005) manager Rafael Benitez remained tight lipped on the prospects or otherwise of him becoming the next Chelsea masochist, sorry, manager.
The Champions League is of course the Holy Grail for Chelsea. Desperate to become the first London club to lift the “Cup with the Big Ears”; Benitez could be the man they see as the ideal candidate to lead them to that trophy.
The sacking of Andre Villas-Boas added a distinctly topical edge to Benitez’s visit to Trinity College, where he was awarded an Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society. After almost two years out of the game, the 51-year-old spoke like a man who would relish a stern examination at Stamford Bridge.
Sources close to the club have been informed that Benitez has already turned down the opportunity to take over the club until the end of the season and is believed to want the job on a longer term contract. When that was put directly to the Spaniard, he brushed off the suggestion although his specific response referred to the absence of an offer on the table “at this moment.”
Benitez is held in high esteem at Anfield and has promised that he would never manage sworn Liverpool enemies Manchester United or Everton. Any other club would be fair game though.
“I said there are two clubs I wouldn’t go to; Manchester United and Everton” Benitez states, “but that’s just two. That means there are a lot of other jobs. But sometimes you cannot choose where you are going.”
One imagines he will get to choose soon enough and blue would appear to be the colour.