Fernando Santos 'sacked' by Portugal with Jose Mourinho eyed up as replacement

Fernando Santos 'sacked' by Portugal with Jose Mourinho eyed up as replacement

Portugal have reportedly wielded the axe on Fernando Santos after eight years of service following their World Cup quarter-final exit to Morocco.

And it has been said that they are eyeing up Roma boss Jose Mourinho to be the 68-year-old’s replacement.

Santos has reportedly been sacked by Portugal after the World Cup defeat to Morocco

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Santos has reportedly been sacked by Portugal after the World Cup defeat to Morocco

Santos had a contract with the Portuguese Football Federation until 2024.

He guided them to their first international trophy in 2016 when they shocked hosts France to win the European Championship.

Three years later Portugal were crowned as the inaugural Nations League champions.

But following the disappointing defeat to the Atlas Lions, Portugal have called time on his tenure in charge of national team.

According to Record, the termination of his contract was amicably agreed.

PFF president Fernando Gomes will now look to tempt Mourinho into swapping Roma for Portugal.

Mourinho is claimed to be Portugal’s ideal choice to replace Santos

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Mourinho is claimed to be Portugal’s ideal choice to replace Santos

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Speaking to Radio Renascenca in April 2021, Santos named Mourinho as his ideal successor providing he lasted until the expiration of his contract.

He remarked: “That project lasts until 2024, and I committed myself to him until that time.

“But after then I will think about what I want to do.

“Jose Mourinho would be a good replacement for me.

Santos won Euro 2016 and the Nations League in 2019 during his eight-year spell in charge

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Santos won Euro 2016 and the Nations League in 2019 during his eight-year spell in charge

The Special One, who has never managed a national side, has been open about his desire to challenge himself on the international scene.

Though he questioned whether he could take charge of his beloved Portugal during an interview in 2020.

He said: “Yes, I want to coach a national team

“I want to have the experience of a World Cup and European Championship, the emotion of the short competition.

“Is Portugal the one I want to do? On one side yes as it is my heart.

“But it is very difficult to do it with the country you were born in.”

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