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Jose Mourinho urges English bosses to work abroad

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Jose Mourinho believes more British coaches should try their hand at working abroad.

The Chelsea chief has managed in four different countries - Portugal, Italy, Spain and England - and believes a lot can be learnt from moving to a different culture.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren managed abroad with mixed success.

After winning the league with un-fancied FC Twente in Holland, McClaren was sacked from German side Wolfsburg.

Mourinho also believes there are too many foreign coaches in the Premier League.

“I disagree with so many foreign coaches in this country,” Mourinho is quoted as saying on ESPN.com.

“I don't see a reason for that because I don't see the English managers are at any point behind the foreign ones.

“Influence from abroad is good, you can learn from other cultures, but I think the main culture has to always be the English, in this case the British, culture.

“But I think if there are no jobs in the country as a manager or as a player you have to go, because this is a short professional life. So go and enjoy. You have always the chance to come back.

“In this country, people shouldn't be afraid to be a bit adventurous, like other coaches from other nationalities.

“Football is the same everywhere: 11 against 11, one ball, two goals.

“To go abroad is a fantastic experience and sometimes it looks like English players, English managers, they don't like to go abroad.

“What is happening now is that they don't go abroad but others are coming to their country.”

Mourinho himself has succeeded in different countries, winning the title in Portugal, England Italy and then Spain.

And he'll be looking to win the Premier League again this season, as his side challenge for the Premier League crown.

Next up for Chelsea is a trip to Hull City as they look to keep up the pressure on Manchester City and league leaders Arsenal.

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