The manager at St James’ Park has spoken of the influence that the "special one" has had on his revitalised career, revealing that he used to regularly watch Chelsea
The 51-year-old, who was named as both LMA and Premier League manager of the year after his club's fine campaign last season, has spoken of the various influences upon his interpretation of the job, and the Portuguese is among the strongest.
"I used to watch Chelsea regularly because it was on my doorstep," Pardew told the Chronicle. "It was when Jose Mourinho was there. There were things that I was seeing that I hadn't seen in English football before.
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"The big managers that I've come across and been lucky enough to deal with have influenced me. The impact of the foreign managers can't be lost on my education. Arsene Wenger is another.
"There are a few people who have influenced me throughout my career – Steve Coppell for sure."
Pardew also lamented the absence of Mourinho on English shores, but predicted that both he and his long-term rival Pep Guardiola will eventually take the reins of Premier League sides, to add to a healthily cosmopolitan range of coaching staff already in the division.
"Unfortunately Jose is not in the country at the moment, but hopefully he will be coming back here soon," he added.
"Pep will be, too. And then we really will have the best coaches in the world.
"That's the one beauty about this country – we've had a melting pot of the best coaches. That's why it is the best league in the world."