Benitez needs support, says former Chelsea boss Grant

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has thrown his support behind Rafael Benitez, saying that the club need to get behind their interim boss.

The BBC reports that Grant, who himself was a short-term manager for the Blues in the 2007/08 season, says that whilst it is up to Benitez to turn around Chelsea’s fortunes on the pitch, the Spaniard needs the support of the club if he is going to succeed in the long term.

What Rafa needs now is good victories and good football to convince the supporters that they need to support him,” Grant said. “But I think more than this, that the club need to support him, and then it will be more easy for him because it is not an easy time for Chelsea.

Benitez took over from Roberto Di Matteo following a run of poor results, but despite a 6-1 win over FC Nordsjaelland on Wednesday, Chelsea suffered the fate of being the first reigning European champions to exit the Champions League at the group stage.

Coupled with some poor results in the league, Benitez has come under intense pressure despite being at the helm for less than two weeks. Whilst the demolition job against the Danish minnows may go some way to easing the pressure many fans are still voicing their dislike of Benitez’s presence following comments he made about Chelsea whilst manager of Liverpool.

Rumours had circulated that Grant, currently out of work, might return to Stamford Bridge as an advisor to Benitez. But the former Portsmouth and Partizan Belgrade manager, who led Chelsea to the Champions League final during his eight months in charge, has said he did not think his return was “the right idea”.

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