Posted: Friday March 1, 2013 3:13 PM

West Brom curse hanging over beleaguered Benitez

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LONDON (AP) -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 Premier League 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 "would like to see a fantastic atmosphere supporting the team.''

 
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