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Chelsea's Mourinho believes it's 'too easy for foreign bosses to get jobs'

By Miguel Delaney

Jose Mourinho says he fears for the future of British coaches, believing English football "should be concerned" about the increasing shortage of home-grown managers in the Premier League.

The Chelsea manager, who takes his struggling side to third-placed Leicester City tonight, says it is now "too easy" for foreign coaches to get jobs in the competition compared with when he first arrived on the English scene in 2004.

And he believes the situation could have serious consequences for the future of the England team, with Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn confirming that the governing body may look abroad for the next national manager once Roy Hodgson leaves the role.

Mourinho was speaking after Swansea City's Garry Monk became the latest British coach to lose his job this season, meaning the number of home-grown managers in the Premier League has fallen from nine in the summer to seven.

"I think you should be concerned," said Mourinho, who is Portuguese. "You know, the Premier League was quite a closed space for foreign managers and to come here was not easy. To come here, you had to do something serious.

"When I first came here [after winning the 2004 Champions League with Porto] I think I did enough to deserve to be here. You come to the country No 1 in European football, and you feel that you have to deserve to be here.

"I think in this moment it's too easy. I think in this moment the number of foreign coaches in the Premier League, even in the Championship - and maybe League One, I don't know - it's too big compared with the number of English, or in this case British managers. Yes. I speak against myself but I think it's true."

Mourinho (right) believes the issue is not a lack of ability. "You have lots of good coaches," he said. "No doubt. I think it's a consequence for the national managers, I think it's a consequence for them. For them [British coaches], it's more difficult. I'm nobody because I'm not British … but I feel sympathy." Mourinho's previously robust champions have been meek in defence this season, contributing to their miserable campaign so far.

But four clean sheets in five games - against Norwich, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Tottenham and Porto - has revived Mourinho's confidence, with the Bournemouth loss last weekend considered a blip.

Mourinho said: "The tactical adjustments are minimal compared with the global attitude.

"I always say the same: you defend with 11 players, you have more chances to defend well. Everyone has a job to do and when everybody does their job, it's easier."

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