After Portugal’s disappointing showing at the 2022 World Cup, Fernando Santos was let go as national team manager. A Selecao exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage, with a Youssef En-Nesyri header enough to ensure a shock win for Morocco over Santos’s men that meant they left the tournament in ignominy.
Euro 2016 winner Santos had been contracted until after Euro 2024, but he will now not lead Portugal into that tournament, with the Portuguese Football Federation looking for a successor.
One man who has been linked with the vacant Portugal job is Jose Mourinho, who is currently managing Italian side AS Roma. With the heavily decorated Mourinho having never managed at international level, we take a look at whether he could do so for his country now, and what would help him to do so.