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West Brom curse hanging over Benitez

sports Updated: Mar 02, 2013 00:53 IST

The last two Chelsea managers have been fired after losses to West Bromwich Albion, so Rafa Benitez may live to regret the timing of his outburst at the club's board and fans this week.

Andre Villas-Boas left after a 1-0 loss at the Hawthorns in March last year, while a 2-1 defeat at the same stadium in November proved to be Roberto di Matteo's final EPL game in charge of the European champions.

The trend could well continue if Benitez's tirade on Wednesday fails to generate a positive reaction from his team and Chelsea's disgruntled supporters in Saturday's match against Albion at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez called on the club "to stick together" on Friday, adding that he'd "like to see a fantastic atmosphere supporting the team."

1,000th game for Giggs
London: Ryan Giggs is poised to reach yet another milestone in his extraordinary career this weekend as he stands to make his 1,000th appearance in senior football.

The Welshman took his tally of appearances to 999 last weekend with a goal-scoring turn in a 2-0 win at QPR that helped Manchester United preserve their 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Fergie eyes new role
London: Alex Ferguson sees himself becoming a director at Manchester United when he finally decides to quit management.

The 71-year-old Scot, who shelved retirement plans more than a decade ago, still has no idea when he will call it a day.

"There's no getting rid of me," Ferguson, who has been in the Old Trafford hot seat since 1986, said in an interview.

"I will probably become a director. Nobody knows (when I will quit), neither do I. It won't be a doctor that tells me to quit."