Mourinho was close to succeeding McClaren as England boss in late 2007, following his own departure from Chelsea and prior to the appointment of Fabio Capello.
"I'm happy to play against Steve, I'm happy to think back. I'm happy with his success in Holland.
"With full respect for the Championship, where very good managers are, I think Steve belongs to a different level.
"Hopefully he's back to the Premier League soon. I'll be happy with that."
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