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Celta Vigo Sack Chelsea Europa League Winning Coach

Celta Vigo Sack Chelsea Europa League Winning Coach

Spanish LaLiga club Celta Vigo have sacked head coach Rafael Benitez after less than nine months.

Celta Vigo announced Benítez’s sacking in a statement on Tuesday.

“Rafa Benitez and his staff leave RC Celta after eight months of absolute dedication and total commitment, but in which the team has not obtained the results expected by the club.

“The club would like to express to Rafa Benitez and his assistants its most sincere gratitude for the honesty and professionalism they have shown since their arrival and the tireless work they have done. RC Celta would also like to wish them the best of luck and success in the future.”

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Benitez, who won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013, joined Celta Vigo on 23 June last year and departs after winning just five of his 28 league matches in charge.

The 63-year-old 2005 UEFA Champions League winner at Liverpool, leaves the club 17th in the Spanish top flight, sitting outside of the relegation zone by just two points.

It was Benitez’s first managerial role since he was fired by Everton in January 2022.

In 33 games in all competitions, Celta managed just nine wins, three of which were against lower-division sides in the Copa del Rey.
His final game with Celta was a 4-0 defeat to another of his former clubs, Real Madrid, on Sunday.

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