life's tough in italy

Managing in England is "paradise", says Mourinho

April 23, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Jose Mourinho has again courted controversy by criticising Italian football's managerial merry-go-round, claiming the English game is "paradise" for coaches looking to build long-term.

Jose Mourinho
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The Inter Milan boss, who is on the verge of lifting the Scudetto in his first season at the club, has seen 10 Serie A managers come and go in his short time at the club. He feels that the English game provides coaches with a far better chance of achieving things.

"England is a paradise for the coaches who can plan for the future without the pressure of winning in the short term," he told the club's website.

"(Arsene) Wenger works in tranquillity. Arsenal haven't won a title in four years but he continues his fantastic work with young players.

"I think (Liverpool boss Rafa) Benitez will miss out on winning the Premier League for the fifth time but he continues his fantastic work and his contract gets extended.

"In Italy I think 10 coaches have already been replaced this season. Here there's the obsession with results, points. Those playing for the championship must become champions or it's a drama.

"Those playing to stay up must stay in Serie A and if they don't it's a drama and the coach is sure to be sacked. Italian coaches are good technically but they are also good at handling this type of pressure."

The comments are sure to fuel speculation Mourinho will not stay at Inter beyond the end of his contract in 2011.

"My contract is for three seasons," said Mourinho when asked if he would remain longer than the four years his predecessor Roberto Mancini was in charge.