When Chelsea hired Benitez in November, it gave him the poisonous title of “interim manager.” His time at Stamford bridge was always going to be short, but he made the most of it. He led Chelsea to victory in the UEFA Europa League and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
Benitez left Chelsea with his head held high and went straight to Napoli. His new team will lean on his experience as it looks to consolidate its place in Italy and make some noise in the Champions League. The 53-year-old had an unsuccessful spell at Inter Milan, where he lasted just six months back in 2010. He will look to burnish his reputation and finally escape the shadow of Jose Mourinho while in Southern Italy.