Portugal was taken out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 by Morocco

LISBON: Fernando Santos quit as the mentor of Portugal on Thursday following the group’s shock FIFA World Cup 2022 quarter-last misfortune to Morocco, Portugal’s exit Football Alliance (FPF) reported. The FPF stated that an agreement had been reached “to end the journey of great success that began in September 2014,” and it would now “launch the process to choose the next national coach.”

In spite of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to the Moroccans, who made history, Santos, 68, had insisted that he would not be fired from the position he had held for eight years. He acknowledged, in any case, that not every person concurred with his choices during the World Cup which included dropping Cristiano Ronaldo to the seat in the later matches.

In a video that was uploaded to the website of the federation, he stated, “I’m leaving with the feeling of enormous gratitude.”Leading a group necessitates making some difficult decisions. It is normal that not everyone is pleased with my decisions.

According to the Sports Daily Record, the federation wants Jose Mourinho to take over before qualifying for Euro 2024.

According to reports, they would even consider a deal that would permit Mourinho to take charge of the national team in an interim capacity so that he could finish out the season with club side Roma in Italy. Mourinho did not respond when questioned by journalists late Thursday afternoon about his arrival in southern Portugal for a training camp with Roma. Additionally, among the potential candidates mentioned by local media are Portuguese coaches Rui Jorge (under-21s), Abel Ferreira (Palmeiras), Paulo Fonseca (Lille), Rui Vitoria (Egypt), and Jorge Jesus (Fenerbahce).

Santos was named Portugal’s exit coach in September 2014, and he won the nation’s first major title at Euro 2016 and the 2019 Nations League.

But during his time in charge, the team also lost in the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020. World News Sports


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