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Rafael Benitez and the managers fans loved to hate

Chelsea's interim manager is not the first to face an uphill struggle to win over the fans

Rafael Benitez was greeted with an extraordinarily hostile reception from Chelsea fans when he took charge of his first match at the weekend.

Booed and heckled throughout, it would seem the Spaniard will have to get used to it with Chelsea supporters groups insisting it will continue as long as he remains in charge.

While it's unusual to be the target of the boo boys before even taking charge of a match, many managers have faced an uphill task to prove the doubters wrong.

Here, we profile some unpopular managers - and see how it all worked out...

Click here or click 'VIEW GALLERY' to launch our guide.