The departure of Fernando Santos from the technical command of the Portuguese national team has opened a vacancy for the position of national coach. The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have referenced Jose Mourinho but, according to information gathered by JN, ‘Special One’ is not interested, for now, in taking on the duties.
The Portuguese coach has a contract with Roma until 2024 and is motivated to fulfill the contract, which only ends at the end of the 2023/24 season, precisely at the start of the next European championship. José Mourinho earns around seven million euros a year and, having a contract for an additional season and a half, a departure could involve the payment of 10.5 million euros, if the FPF cannot reach an agreement with the Italian club.
JN knows that the FPF is in no rush to find the next coach, since Portugal will only play the Euro 2024 qualifying matches in March 2023. José Mourinho’s door is more closed than open , motivating federal officials to explore alternatives. A strong name is that of Rui Jorge, current U21 coach. Other options could be to go through a foreign coach.