|Fernando Santos quits as Portugal coach after World Cup exit: Took choices in finest curiosity of group|
Fernando Santos-led Portugal crashed out of the World Cup in quarter-final. (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Portugal coach Fernando Santos has left his job after his group crashed out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) stated.
Portugal suffered a shock defeat in opposition to Morocco 0-1 within the quarter-final, the place the nation’s all-time report goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo began on the bench and got here in as an alternative within the second-half.
Santos in his parting video message stated that teaching Portugal was a “dream come true” and that his “life objective” is fulfilled.
“When you lead teams, you must make some tough choices,” Santos added. “It is regular that not everybody was proud of the alternatives I made however the choices I took had been all the time desirous about what could be finest for our group.”
The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) in a press release stated that each events determined to finish the contract because it was the “proper second to start out a brand new cycle”.
Despite being criticised for his ways, Santos took over as Portugal coach in 2014 and led the group in 109 matches. Under his management, Portugal gained the European Championship in 2016 and UEFA’s inaugural Nations League in 2018-19.
“In addition to the titles gained, Fernando Santos turned the coach with probably the most video games and most victories,” FPF stated. “It was an honour to have a coach and an individual like Fernando Santos as the top of the nationwide group.”
FPF added that its board would now begin the method of appointing a brand new coach.
There have been reviews in Portuguese media that names of AS Roma supervisor Jose Mourinho, Portugal Under-21 coach Rui Jorge and Lille boss Paulo Fonseca are being thought-about because the substitute of Santos.