Wenger hails 'quality' Jose

21 September 2007 04:59
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Jose Mourinho after calling him "a manager of quality" following his Chelsea exit. Mourinho left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent in a shock move on Wednesday night and Wenger, who has not always seen eye-to-eye with his Portuguese counterpart, believes his departure will be a loss to English football. "It is basically sad because I feel Mourinho is a manager of quality," said the Frenchman "I am a great believer in technical stability and therefore I don't think it is good news for football. "We didn't get on the best but recently it has become better. That does not hide the fact I respected what he did and the quality of his work. "Of course he is a great manager. He arrived when Chelsea were on the way up - they had a good side already and he did something more and made them winners. "He deserves a lot of credit for that because it is never easy to win and in England it is maybe more difficult. "I thought for a while, when he extended his contract, he was on the same way of thinking as I or (Sir Alex) Ferguson, where we try to impart something over a longer period at the club."

Source: ESA