Rafael Benítez

Benitez favourite to take over from Pulis at Stoke

Tony Pulis is leaving Stoke after seven years in charge. Photo: EPA

Manager Tony Pulis has left Stoke after seven years in charge, the Premier League club announced.

His departure, by mutual consent, was widely anticipated following his talks on Tuesday with Stoke chairman Peter Coates.

Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 3:53am

A Good Week for ... , May 19, 2013

Joseph Estrada

Joseph Estrada, the comeback kid of the Philippine political scene, capitalised on his film-star popularity by winning the job of mayor of Manila in mid-term elections.

19 May 2013 - 4:06am

Benitez still on mission to woo Chelsea fans after Basel victory

Chelsea's Victor Moses (left) scores after Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer's dive failed. Chelsea have advanced to the Europa League final for the first time.Photo: Reuters

Interim manager Rafael Benitez said he hoped Chelsea's fans would show him some appreciation after he guided the club into the Europa League final for the first time in their history following victory over FC Basel.

4 May 2013 - 5:17am

Chelsea hold on last trophy hopes in Europa League

Chelsea's manager Rafael Benitez is focusing on the job at hand. Photo: EPA

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez last night refused to be drawn on speculation that Jose Mourinho is poised to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season to replace him in the dugout.

Benitez has accepted that he will leave Chelsea when his temporary contract expires at the end of the season, but he was reluctant to address rumours about the identity of his successor.

2 May 2013 - 3:28am

Chelsea's Benitez calls on team to channel will to win

Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates scoring the deciding goal in his team's 2-1 win over FC Basel at St Jakob-Park. Photo: Reuters

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has challenged his side to channel the will to win they showed in roaring back to snatch a 2-1 win at FC Basel in the first leg of their semi-final.

27 Apr 2013 - 5:00am

Who said it?

Barack Obama

We welcome people from all around the world, people of every faith, every ethnicity.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:25am

Benitez's Anfield return fails to ruffle Rodgers

Rafael Benitez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is not intimidated by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez as the Chelsea manager prepares for an emotional return to Anfield.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:11am

Chelsea may shuffle pack for visit to Liverpool despite John Terry's double

Chelsea's manager Rafael Benitez. Photo: Reuters

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has told captain John Terry that he is not guaranteed to start against Liverpool on Sunday despite him scoring twice in the 3-0 win at Fulham.

19 Apr 2013 - 5:18am

Who said it?

John Liu

I'll be a mayor not of the 1 per cent, but of the 100 per cent

New York comptroller John Liu announces his run for mayor


He would say, 'I should've held her hand more tightly … I should've held her close'

Tse Cheung-kwan, whose son's girlfriend, Liu Hoi-yin, died in the 2011 Mong Kok fire


19 Mar 2013 - 4:25am

Rafael Benitez puts focus on Frank Lampard's 200th goal for Chelsea

Frank Lampard notches up the double century. Photo: EPA

Lampard finally reached his double century for the Blues, after a month stuck on 199, with a first-half header against his former club at Stamford Bridge. However, the 34-year-old's goal was greeted with anger by West Ham's travelling supporters as Lampard and John Terry celebrated the milestone in front of the away section of the ground.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:26am

Benitez tries to mend fences with Chelsea fans

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez was pleased fans got behind his team in their 1-0 win against West Brom in London. Photo: Reuters

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Benitez has been barracked by a section of the home support, who have never forgiven him for comments made about the club when he was in charge of Liverpool.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Wenger hopes Gunners can capitalise on stormy mood at homesick Blues

Rafa Benitez

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can exploit the uncomfortable relationship between Rafael Benitez and Chelsea's supporters when the Gunners head to Stamford Bridge for today's crucial London derby.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:45am

Rafael Benitez rues Chelsea's defensive frailty

Southampton's Jason Puncheon scores his team's second goal against Chelsea during their match at Stamford Bridge. Photo: EPA

Rafael Benitez says Chelsea's defensive problems are the reason for their failure to beat struggling Southampton and admits skipper John Terry remains a major doubt for the weekend clash with Arsenal.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:27am

Benitez eyes run on United after humbling of Stoke

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard react after Stoke's second own goal during their Premier League match. Photo: AFP

Rafael Benitez has called on Chelsea to assemble a winning run and prove to the doubters everything is going well at the club after his side swept past Stoke City 4-0.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:57am

Chelsea boss Benitez is hoping for away-day salvation at Stoke City

Fernando Torres on his knees in the Swansea defeat. Photo: Xinhua

Rafael Benitez might not normally relish a trip to face Stoke City, but recent form suggests his Chelsea side's best hope of reigniting their season lies away from Stamford Bridge.

The Londoners have looked formidable on the road, in stark contrast to the European champions' form at home where successive defeats have severely dented their bid for honours this season.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:19am