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Angry Benitez blasts Chelsea fans, confirms exit

Published on Feb 28, 2013 6:56 AM
Chelsea's manager Rafael Benitez gestures during their Europa League soccer match against Sparta Prague at Stamford Bridge in London February 21, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez's patience with the club's fans finally snapped on Wednesday as he confirmed his intention to leave the club at the end of the season.

Benitez has been targeted by sections of the club's support ever since he was appointed as the successor to Roberto Di Matteo last November.

Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals and they are also in the last 16 of the Europa League, but they have slipped to fourth place in the Premier League.

Benitez was only appointed on a temporary basis but he confirmed in an angry press conference that the abuse he has received from some of Chelsea's fans had prompted him to abandon his ambition to coach the team on a permanent basis.

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