Mourinho: Brian Clough was special

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Leading up to Chelsea’s FA Cup tie with Derby County Jose Mourinho talks about the greatest English manager to never manage England

Chelsea head into the East Midlands to face a Derby County side managed by former England manager Steve McClaren. Much of the talk leading up to the game has involved around the Portuguese manager’s comments regarding the lack of British coaches in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho looked back at a time where the FA Cup meant more to the smaller clubs, and managers at the time in England were mostly British. One name that won’t ever be forgotten in the East Midlands is the late Brian Clough. A champion in every sense of the world, Clough was a born winner and he took the Rams to heights they’d never seen before.

The personality of the man was his most intriguing aspect, and many pundits have likened the Chelsea boss to the former Derby and Forest manager. Jose Mourinho apparently doesn’t see the connection, although the Daily Mail reports that the self-proclaimed special one was a big fan of Clough

‘I remember clearly Mr Clough as the manager in a generation when it was more difficult to be a special manager like he was,’ he said.

‘That was an amazing part of the history. I watched the movie and read the book. I don’t know if it is accurate or not. But you get an insight and an idea of the personality as a man and a manager.

‘It was a fantastic part of football history.’

Jose Mourinho then went on to praise current Derby boss Steve McClaren for having the confidence and ability to manage abroad and be a success.

Mourinho seems to think that current British bosses aren’t getting a fair go at managing in the top flight and lamented the fact that should WBA appoint a foreign manager, then the Premier League’s foreign manager rate will stand at 50%. The independence reports:

"In this moment in the Premier League – and I'm speaking against myself – I disagree with so many foreign coaches in this country. I don't see a reason for that because I don't feel the English managers are in any point behind the foreign ones".

''I just feel sorry that a football country like England that is the country of so many managers, they're not getting enough jobs in this country".

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