Rafa Benitez has finally let the water-off-a-duck’s-back approach to the hostile treatment he’s received since arrived at Chelsea slip as he hit out at the club and its supporters.
The Blues boss also confirmed he will leave his post at the end of the season.
He criticised the club’s hierarchy for undermining his position by adding the word ‘interim’ to his job title, and also had strong words for fans who continue to protest against him rather than support the team.
The Spaniard chose his press conference after last night’s FA Cup fifth round victory over Middlesbrough as his opportunity to speak out.
He said: “I have been in charge in football for 26 years, I won the Champions League, I won the Fifa Club World Cup, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish league twice, nine trophies – all the trophies you can win at club level.
“So this group of fans are not making any favourites with the team and they are singing and wasting time preparing banners.
“They have to concentrate on supporting the team, that’s what they have to do.
“Every game they continue singing and preparing banners, they are wasting time. What they have to do is support the team.
“I am a professional and I am doing my job. What I want to do is win every single game for Chelsea.”
The former Liverpool boss is also clearly disgruntled at being called the interim manager during his time at the club.
He said: “I have a title. Someone decided the title would be interim. Why? Just in case?.
“Fine, that is your decision. I don’t agree, but that is your decision and now everybody has to take responsibility.
“Everybody is interim because after you there is another one. In this case they didn’t have anyone, so why did they put interim?
“It’s just to say to everyone: ‘Because he was in Liverpool and just in case, we will put interim and then we will wash our hands’.
“Was the title a mistake from the start? Yes, 100%.”