Warnock praises Mourinho: He reminds me of Brian Clough

The Crystal Palace manager called the Chelsea boss the 'best in the business' ahead of the London derby on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho has come in for criticism in recent weeks as a result of disagreements with Arsene Wenger and Aston Villa management team Paul Lambert and Roy Keane.

However, Mourinho has found an ally south of the river in Crystal Palace's Neil Warnock, despite the two sides meeting at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The former Sheffield United man is considered somewhat of a traditional boss, having managed his way to the Premier League during his 34 years in charge of sides.

Warnock even compared the former Inter and Real Madrid supremo to his management icon Brian Clough.

"In my eyes Jose is the nearest thing to Cloughie really. Jose's the same type - a players' manager," Warnock said.

"When I was growing up as a young manager, I thought Cloughie had everything.

"I had a couple of afternoons with him on my own and I enjoyed his company. He talked a lot of sense.

"Yes he upset a few people here and there, but his philosophy was very good.

"And I like Jose. I think he is the best there is - I always have done. He looks after his players. You don't get anywhere without being a players' manager.

"You only have to listen to people like John Terry and Frank Lampard and what they think about him. Didier Drogba coming back in. I just like the way he's gone about it while he's been in the game.

"And I like it when he's the underdog because he's not always the favourite. He's the underdog in some games. People are waiting to write him off because he gets the result. He's always tactically astute.

"Jose talks about players going through brick walls for him and yet they're not in his pockets. He says it how it is, his team always want to play well and tactically and when it comes to the tough games, I think he's spot on."

Nottingham Forest legend Clough is often held up as one of the most tactically innovative and motivational managers this country has ever seen, though he was also famous for his controversial comments in the press and feuds with management rival.

Clough was particularly famous for spells at Derby and Nottingham Forest, winning league titles at both and even bringing two Champions League trophies back to the City Ground.

The Champions League is the only trophy missing from Mourinho's trophy cabinet from his Chelsea years, but given how well his side have started this season, you wouldn't bet on the Portuguese changing that in the near future.

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