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Benitez between a rock and a hard place.

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Chelsea fans will hound Benitez out.

Benitez is on a hiding to nothing.

When you get off on the wrong foot there is only going to be one outcome and that is that the fans wishes will prevail.

Just ask Steve Kean, or Alex Mcleish, the latter of which swapped Aston Villa for Birmingham and was never accepted there having to endure vile taunts and a hate campaign that started more or less as soon as he walked through the door.

Whatever the rights and wrongs – Fans don't forget.

The fans are the ones who pay their hard earned cash week in week out to go and watch their favourite football team. They don't change their allegiances. Once their mind is made up that's it there is no going back and they are in it for life.

They don't swap teams every year or on a whim or go where the ticket prices are cheaper. They can't. They are stuck with the club that they have grown up supporting. That's just how it is.

This is why long gone ex-players who were once revered return several clubs later and get roundly booed every time they touch the ball. It's pathetic but it happens and it's the tribal nature of the game.

Fans don't like to think that players they once would shell out the last of their weekly wage to go and watch are now plying their trade elsewhere whilst they have no choice but to support the club they love come what may.

Benitez's stint at Liverpool is probably what most Chelsea fans are holding against him. After all he has a pretty successful track record and is still well respected by Liverpool fans – even to the point of hoping he would get the nod to return ahead of Brendan Rodgers.

Tactically he is astutely brilliant and always set his teams up to negate the attacking threats of whoever he was playing against. The legacy he has left Liverpool cannot be underestimated.

He totally rebuilt the academy under the ruinous leadership of those Texan Jokers and many of the players coming through the ranks now were signed by Benitez – Raheem Sterling being the best example of that as well as Suso and don't forget he also signed Lucas whom he turned from a laughing stock into Liverpool's currently most missed player and signed Torres who turned out to be twice as good as his 20 million price tag. Peter Crouch was signed on his watch for 7 Million and went on to play for England fetching 11 million when he was sold for wanting first team football.

Most of the signings made by Benitez were hits and the misses were inexpensive misses. There were very few if any expensive mistakes: see this full list if you are interested in his full transfer record at Liverpool.

Chelsea fans should be looking forward to having an astute and forward thinking manager taking their club forward but instead the blinkered bigotry of the typical football supporter means that he will struggle to make it to the summer when everyone is expecting Guardiola to take over the reins.

But what if the "great one" doesn't want the job? What if he decides working for the Russian Oligarch is just a job that he can do without? If he can take a sabbatical in New York and pass up the opportunity when it arises, as it has, then Guardiola has the steel within him to start a new dynasty at a smaller club. That is what the truly great managers do. They go where they feel most comfortable.

Forcing Benitez out before he has even got started is folly of the highest order and Chelsea fans should be careful for what they wish for. They have already lost one Champions League winning coach. Don't be too quick to lose another.

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