Originally Posted by Cookie Monster
Its not their club though. If it wasn't for Abramovich, they'd have the same status as West Ham
1. For a lot of them who've grown up supporting Chelsea, dating back to their dads and grandparents it is 'their club'. They've grown up learning the songs, the history and what it means to be Chelsea. Now the Liverpool/Chelsea rivalry was pretty big between 05-08 and Benitez being a staunch Liverpool figure will be hard for most Chelsea fans to live down, especially given they despised him throughout his Liverpool tenure. It would be like Ferguson managing City. A lot of City fans would hate to see him managing them because of what he represents as a would be ex Man Utd manager.
2. Its not all about success. Pretty sure the hardcore Chelsea fans would still be following the club today regardless of Ambramovich. All Abramovich has done is draw in more casual supporters and engineer the club's shift from a traditional club to a money making dynasty which represents a lot of things wrong with football.
3. Its their opinion to love/hate Benitez.