Rafa Benitez confirms Chelsea exit at the end of season

Benitez was hired as the replacement for the fired Roberto di Matteo in November, but has never been accepted by a large section of Chelsea fans.

updated: February 28, 2013 09:48 IST
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London: Worn down by constant criticism by fans, Rafael Benitez announced on Wednesday he would leave Chelsea at the end of the season during an extraordinary post-match outburst in which he also took aim at the Premier League club's hierarchy.

The Spanish coach snapped during the news conference after an FA Cup fifth-round win at Middlesbrough, saying his position had been untenable ever since he was handed the title "interim manager" until the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

"I will leave at the end of the season — they don't need to waste time with me," said Benitez, referring to a section of fans who again barracked him at Riverside Stadium.

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