Portugal approach former Chelsea boss to become their new manager

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Following their quarter-final World Cup exit, Portugal are set to sack Fernando Santos and appoint former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as their new manager.

Morocco became the first African team to make the semi-finals in World Cup history when they knocked Portugal out of the World Cup and Portugal are now set to make huge changes.

Mourinho has been identified as the man to reverse Portugal’s fortunes in their next major tournament.

According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Mourinho has already held conversations with the Portuguese FA, and he could possibly do the role part-time, alongside continuing his duties as Roma boss.

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 agree to the arrangement.

Being manager of a country and a club isn’t something that’s happened too often in football management, with Kevin Keegan being in charge of England and Fulham at the same time one of the rare occasions.

Roma won the Europa Conference League under Mourinho last season, making him the first manager to win the new competition, Champions League and Europa League.