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English okay for Big Phil
12 Jun 2008 - 13:20:58
New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will have no problems with the language barrier at Stamford Bridge, according to his personal spokesman.
The 59-year-old Brazilian, currently in charge of the Portugal national team, is widely reported to speak little or no English, but his representative Acaz Fellegger believes that that will not be a major issue.
He said: "English will not be a problem for him. Felipe has already worked in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Japan. In all these countries, he communicated in English.
"Of course, England is the native country of the language, but I can assure you that language will not be any problem.
"It is true, he has never worked with an European club. But for someone with his experience, working in the Premier League will not be much different to his previous experiences.
"Anyone who works in football knows that football has a universal language.
"He will get acquainted easily with the British culture, as he did with the countries where he worked in the past.
"As you can imagine, he is happy with the fact that he will have the chance to work at Chelsea."