Portugal part ways with Fernando Santos

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By Habeeb Kuranga

Portugal’s manager, Fernando Santos, has been relieved of his duties as manager of the side. This is coming days after the Seleçao were eliminated from the 2022 world cup in the quarterfinals stage by Morocco.

Portugal was tipped as one of the favourites in the world cup after they successfully topped a group consisting of Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea. But they were eliminated from the Mundial by Morocco.

The 68-year-old was appointed who was in 2014 have officially been sacked by Portugal’s footballing body, PFF.

Santos, who was the gaffer of the Greek national team in the 2014 world cup in Brazil, was appointed as Portugal’s manager in September 2014 after he left his role as the coach of Grecce when they were eliminated in the Round 16 of the 2014 world cup by Costa Rica via penalty shootout.

During his reign as the Seleçao boss, Portugal won the 2016 EUROs in France and the UEFA Nations League in 2019 after they edged out the Netherlands in the final.

The 68-year-old received some backlash with his decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo in the crucial tie against the Atlas Lions of Morocco, who eventually saw their back in the quarterfinals of the Mundial.

During his eight-year stay as Portugal’s coach, he oversaw 109 games, won 67, drew 23 and lost 19. Gathering a 61.47 per cent win rate which is very much impressive.

Talks have been in place for candidates who will be appointed as his successor. The two candidates who are seen as potential successors are: Former AS Roma manager and current LOSC Lille coach Paulo Fonseca and current AS Roma coach José Mourinho.

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