Too many top jobs handed to foreign coaches - Mourinho
Published 14/12/2015 | 02:30
Chelsea go into tonight's match against Leicester 17 points and 13 places behind Claudio Ranieri's team, with Jose Mourinho claiming that it is "too easy" for foreign managers to get top jobs in England.
Garry Monk became the latest British coach to lose his job after being sacked by Swansea City. There are now only seven managers from the home nations working in the Premier League - four of whom are English.
Mourinho first moved to England in 2004, taking over at Chelsea from Ranieri after winning the Champions League with Porto.
But the Portuguese is dismayed to see English clubs appoint foreign managers with relatively little success. Aston Villa recently replaced Tim Sherwood with the Frenchman Remi Garde, who had been out of work for more than a year.
"I think you should be concerned," Mourinho said. "The Premier League used to be quite a closed space for foreign managers and to come here was not easy.
"To come here, you had to do something serious. I think I did enough to deserve to be here. You come to a country number one in European football, number one in the championship, and you feel that you have to deserve to be here.
"I think in this moment it's too easy. The number of foreign coaches in the Premier League, even in the Championship, is too big compared with the number of British managers. Yes, I speak against myself, but I think it's true."
Mourinho dismissed criticisms he made of Ranieri when the pair were in Italy.
In 2008, Mourinho said: "Ranieri has the mentality of someone who doesn't need to win. He is too old to change his mentality. He is old and he hasn't won anything."
However, faced with the comments ahead of his latest clash with the Italian, Mourinho said: "This is too long [ago]. This was when he was in Juventus and I was at Inter Milan.
"He has had a long career, an accumulation of experiences and clubs.
"I don't think his career has to be analysed by a very bad spell with the Greece national team, not at all. Ranieri coached Valencia, Atletico, Chelsea, Inter, Roma, Juventus, Monaco. It's a very, very, very rich career, so he has a history."
Mourinho has a full squad available. John Terry and Ramires returned from injury in the midweek Champions League win over Porto.
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas was dropped and could miss out again. Striker Radamel Falcao is fit and could be on the bench.
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