Mourinho ‘contacts Portuguese Football Federation’ after Santos sacked

World Cup 2022 briefing: Day 27

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Roma manager Jose Mourinho has made contact with the Portuguese Football Federation to make them aware that he is not interested in becoming the national side’s new manager. Fernando Santos was sacked earlier this month following Portugal’s underwhelming World Cup campaign.

His side were knocked out of the competition in the quarter-finals by Morocco, in what is likely to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final World Cup campaign. The 37-year-old was heartbroken after the full-time whistle sounded, charging down the tunnel to escape the eyes of fans and cameras.

Ronaldo was dropped by Santo in the knockout stages of the competition in favour of Benfica star Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick in the Round of 16 against Switzerland, though some feel that was one risk too many by the manager. Attention has quickly turned to replacing the Euro 2016-winning boss.

Mourinho has been heavily linked with the post and there are suspicions that influential agent Jorge Mendes could orchestrate a move. However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mourinho has informed Portugal that he wants to remain in Rome.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United does not want to split his time between roles and would rather focus on rebuilding Roma. His employers are also adamant that they will not ‘share’ Mourinho and feel that his salary deserves full focus.

Roma are aware of just how sought-after their manager is when top-level positions become vacant and are only willing to let the coach entertain talks if they are informed that they will receive compensation for his departure. However, there is not reported to be a termination clause in his deal.

Santos enjoyed plenty of success with Portugal, though his decisions in Qatar could prove the most costly of his career. The international side’s Twitter account thanked the 68-year-old for his work after his sacking, it read: “It was an honour to have a coach and a person like Fernando Santos at the head of the National Team.

“The FPF thanks Fernando Santos and his technical team for the services provided over eight unique years and believes that this thanks is also made on behalf of the Portuguese people. The FPF Board will now begin the process of choosing the next national coach.” Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes was one of the first star’s to break his silence on Santo’s departure, thanking him for providing him with the opportunities that he did on the international stage.

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