Portugal ‘approach Jose Mourinho to take over as manager from Fernando Santos and will even let him CONTINUE with Roma’
PORTUGAL have reportedly approached Jose Mourinho over replacing Fernando Santos as manager.
And they will even let the Special One CONTINUE as Roma boss ahead of Euro 2024.
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Corriere dello Sport claims Portugal chiefs are taking action after last week’s World Cup quarter-final exit to Morocco, who play France in tomorrow’s semis.
Euro 2016 winner Santos looks to be coming to the end of the road after a six-year spell.
And Mourinho has been identified as the man to reverse Portugal’s fortunes in their next major tournament.
Indeed, national team beaks have already made an approach to the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss about replacing Santos in the new year.
Portugal kick off their Euro 2024 qualifying chapter on March 23 against Liechenstein.
And they would like Mourinho fully in position before then, giving him time to identify Portugal’s top talents for a new tactical system.
One issue for the FA is that Mourinho remains totally committed to Roma, despite being tempted by the prospect of a first-ever international gig.
And Portugal chiefs are prepared to let Mourinho work BOTH roles should Roma agreed to the arrangement.
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Should Mou replace Santos, one of his first tasks will be to decide the future of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The ex-Man Utd man is now a free agent and was dropped for Portugal’s final two World Cup games.
However, reports claims Ronaldo is not planning to retire from international duty and sees himself leading the line at the next Euros.
Mourinho and Ronnie worked together for several years at Real Madrid, breaking Barcelona’s LaLiga domination.
But it would remain to be seen whether Mourinho sees Ronaldo in the same light a decade later.