Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Jose Mourinho’s return and Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival make English soccer’s Premier League title race one of the tightest to predict in years.
Rafael Benitez will coach Napoli for the next two seasons after guiding Chelsea to the Europe League title as interim manager of the English soccer team.
Chelsea hired Jose Mourinho as manager on a four-year contract, bringing one of the most successful Premier League soccer coaches back for a second stint at the London club.
Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 to give Rafael Benitez his first Premier League victory as Blues manager, while Queens Park Rangers remained winless.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. media, with clickable links to the Web.
Chelsea became the first team to hold both major European club soccer trophies at the same time by beating Benfica 2-1 in the Europa League final.
Chelsea moved within a victory of a European trophy for the second straight year after it beat Basel 3-1 to reach to the Europa League soccer final against Benfica.
European and Italian soccer champion Inter Milan plans to replace fired coach Rafael Benitez with former Brazilian national team player Leonardo, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Former AC Milan coach Leonardo is the favorite to succeed Rafael Benitez at city rival Inter Milan, according to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport .
Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez signed a two-year contract to take over at Inter Milan, the European and Italian soccer champion said on its website.
"Now that the agreement is confirmed, I can say I am very happy and very satisfied for having committed to a great club with an illustrious heritage like Napoli."
- Rafael Benitez on May 27, 2013