Not sure what exactly you are referring to, topbananas, except rumors of Xabi seeing things differently than Rafa. Benitez won a trophy at Inter and was still let go because they were in 6th in Serie "A". Sounds Abramovich-like, to me.
Not saying he is the best in the world, dude. There are many, however, who are a whole lot worse. Chelsea might do better, but, with who? Their last 2 guys shouldn't have even been sacked.
I just meant that when Alonso left, Liverpool (and Rafa) went downhill, fast. All my Mrs's family are from Liverpool and are Liverpool fans, 2 of her brothers are season ticket holders and they will tell you the exact same thing.
I agree, there are managers who are way worse than Rafa that have, or have had, top jobs but (imo) Rafa is over-rated. That said, they way he has been treated at Chelsea is nothing short of a disgrace, he does not deserve that, but thats Chelsea for you, worst club in Europe from top to bottom. They are never going to attract a top top manager now, the fact they really thought they would get Guardiola is unbelievable.