McLeish fears Benitez will never win over Chelsea fans

Alex McLeish fears Rafa Benitez has no chance of winning over Chelsea fans.

Alex McLeish fears Rafa Benitez has no chance of winning over Chelsea fans.

McLeish was as unpopular a choice with Aston Villa fans last season when he moved across the city from Birmingham as Benitez is with Chelsea now.

He told the Daily Express: “Rafa is deploying what I did and that was ‘I’ll change people’s minds’.

“By winning games I’ll get results, I thought. We started OK but then we hit the cartload of injuries and I lost the captain [Stiliyan Petrov with leukaemia], and you don’t get the consistency of selection that you crave.

“It got difficult. Too many draws – 17. We snatched draws from the jaws of victory. That turned the tide a wee bit against myself and there would always have been the noisy minority anyway.”

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