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Dose of Blues

CHELSEA will step up their bid to land a long-term manager after yet another bad day at the office for the London club and their under-fire boss Rafa Benitez.

The Blues' current manager Benitez and his players were booed off by the Stamford Bridge crowd after a dismal 2-2 draw at home to Southampton last night, a result which leaves them 13 points off the pace in the Premier League table.

The final whistle came just hours after Bayern Munich confirmed that Pep Guardiola, the most sought-after manager in football, had turned down the chance to take over as long-term boss at Stamford Bridge and would instead take charge at Bayern Munich in the summer, replacing veteran Jupp Heynckes.

Roman Abramovich had identified Guardiola, who led Barcelona to 14 trophies in his four seasons in charge, as his main target but Guardiola's decision to go to Munich is a massive snub to Chelsea.

It has now forced the Blues owner to look elsewhere for a permanent boss, as the reaction to last night's draw made it clear that Benitez has no long-term future at Stamford Bridge.