Rafa Benitez's first game in charge of Chelsea, the 0-0 bore draw with Man City, will be remembered as one of the most hostile receptions a manager has received from his own fans, as the Stamford Bridge faithful turned the air Blue by letting Benitez know exactly what they thought of his appointment.
While the battle hardened Spaniard insisted afterwards he was so focused on the game that he didn't even notice the 'Rafa Out' chants, there is no doubting the utter disdain some supporters have for the former Liverpool gaffer. Benitez faces a big ask to win over the dissenting thousands.
Football fans are a notoriously fickle bunch, and while the backlash against the new Chelsea manager was deplorable, it's not the first time fans have rallied against their manager. Here are just a few examples of other bosses who were booed.
George Graham: Tottenham
When George Graham succeeded Christian Gross as Tottenham manager in October 1998, he did so as a marked man. Graham's close association with the club's north London rivals Arsenal was viewed unfavourably by large sections of Spurs' fans, who refused to back the Scot from the moment he was appointed. Despite bringing a modicum of success to White Hart Lane in the form of the 1999 League Cup and a subsequent European spot, chants of 'we want Graham out' were frequent. After 18 months in charge, though, Spurs fans finally saw the back of Graham, as he was sacked following an alleged 'breach of contract', prompting supporters to change their songs to 'we got Graham out, we got Graham out'.
Steve McClaren: Middlesbrough
McClaren had been in the job since 2001 and became the club's most successful manager, though that did not stop supporters turning on their gaffer five years into his reign. During a 4-0 drubbing at home to Aston Villa in 2006, a fan invaded the pitch to throw his season ticket at the future England manager in disgust, this was despite leading them to League Cup success and back-to-back European qualification. However, a dismal league campaign saw them in a relegation fight and the fans turned on McClaren. It was Shteeve who had the last laugh, though, as he guided Boro to safety and took them to the final of the UEFA Cup, before leaving the club to take the England job.
Steve Kean: Blackburn
Much like Rafa Benitez, Steve Kean's appointment as boss at Blackburn in December 2010 was questioned by Rovers fans who were nearing revolt following the sacking of Sam Allardyce. Bemused fans quickly turned on the inexperienced Scot, and despite narrowly saving Blackburn from relegation, Kean soon had the fans' ire to contend with. Taunts and banners of 'Kean Out' soon became common at Ewood Park, and as the 2011/12 season was underway, organised fan protests and pre-match marches placed pressure on both Kean and the club's owners. Despite being relegated, Kean remained at the club until September 2012, claiming that he had been 'forced to resign'.
Alex McLeish: Aston Villa
Following a season in which he won the Carling Cup and got Birmingham relegated in 2011 the burly Scot was brought to Aston Villa tasked with improving the misfiring Villains. He wasn't the fans' first choice and eyes rolled and soon the boos rang out as McLeish's side slid agonisingly down the table and were soon in the relegation mix. The only saving grace for Villa fans was the fact that there were four teams worse than them in the Premier League, as they narrowly escaped the drop by two points.
Gary Megson: Bolton Wanderers
Following the dismissal of the dismal Sammy Lee, Bolton fans must have thought things couldn't get worse in October 2007. After failed approaches for Steve Bruce and Chris Coleman, Gary Megson was given the manager's job. Despite an initial boost, Bolton soon returned to their poor form and by the end of the year, found themselves hovering above the drop zone, just two points ahead of Fulham who sat 19th in the table. With fan discontent bubbling, Megson faced a revolt just weeks later as star striker Nicolas Anelka was sold to Chelsea. Despite this he managed to stave off relegation, after taking 11 points from the final five games and finishing the season in 16th.
Alan Pardew: Newcastle
Geordies were sceptical when club owner Mike Ashley gave the Londoner the job in December 2010. Reeling from the sacking of Chris Hughton, Newcastle fans threatened protest at what they believed was an underwhelming appointment of a man who had not worked since being sacked by League One Southampton in August. Pardew even admitted other managers had questioned his sanity when he decided to take the job, but his determination to succeed in the north east eventually won over disgruntled fans as the Magpies finished 12th before guiding Newcastle into Europe in his first full season last year, earning a massive eight-year contract for himself in the process. With the help of chief scout Graham Carr, Pardew has been able to work with a talented squad of players including Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, though he faces an uncertain time just now after six games without a win. A trip to Stoke is next...
Danny Wilson: Sheffield United
'We hate Danny Wilson' and 'Wilson out' greeted the former Sheffield Wednesday boss when he took charge at bitter rivals United in May 2011. Not only did he manage the Owls he played for them, too, before taking charge between 1998 and 2000. However, a successful 2011/12 season, which saw the Blades narrowly lose out on penalties to Huddersfield in the 2011/12 League One play-off final and go on a brilliant 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions this season, have convinced many fans to back Wilson, whose Blades currently sit comfortably among the play-off places.
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