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Wenger hails 'quality' Jose

21 Sep 2007 - 16:59:52

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."

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