Portugal coach Santos leaves job after World Cup exit


Fernando Santos has quit as Portugal coach following their World Cup quarter-final loss to Morocco, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said on Thursday.

The Portuguese lost 1-0 to Morocco in Qatar on Saturday as Santos started alongside the country’s all-time record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo on the substitutes’ bench.

“After one of the best ever participations by a national team in the final stage of a World Cup… the FPF and Fernando Santos understand that it is the right time to start a new cycle,” the FPF said in a statement.

Santos, who has been widely criticized for his tactics, became Portugal’s coach in 2014 and led the country in 109 matches. They won the European Championship in 2016 and UEFA’s inaugural Nations League in 2018–19.

“In addition to winning titles, Fernando Santos has become the coach with the most games and the most wins,” said the FPF. “It was an honor to have a coach and person like Fernando Santos at the head of the national team.”

The FPF said its board would now begin the process of selecting a new manager.

The text of this story is published from a wire agency feed without any modification.

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