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Published: 10:12 | 21/12/15

Mourinho: Too easy for foreign coaches

Jose Mourinho believes it is too easy for foreign coaches to get work in the Premier League.

When Mourinho first took charge of Chelsea in 2004 the majority of the managers in the Premier League were British but now there are just seven and the number of foreign coaches could increase if Swansea decide against appointing a British successor to Garry Monk.

Mourinho has sympathy for British managers because he feels it has become too easy for foreign managers to get work in England.

"I think the Premier League was quite a closed space for foreign managers and to come here was not easy," Mourinho said ahead of Monday's clash with Leicester.

"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 you deserve to be here.

"I think in this moment it's too easy. In this moment the number of foreign coaches in the Premier League, even in the Championship, is too big compared with the number of English, or in this case British, managers."

He added: "In this moment, for example, in Portugal we have 18 teams in the top division and, I think, 15 Portuguese coaches.

"Some people say it's a little bit of an effect of what happened with me - Portuguese, young, gets Porto champions, champions again, Champions League, success and people start believing and start giving chances.

"[Britain has] lots of good coaches. The only thing I can say is that, in my previous time here and now again, you have good managers, no doubt about it."

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