Portugal has confirmed the appointment of Roberto Martinez, as their new head coach; bringing all links with Jose Mourinho to an end. The 49-year-old Spaniard who was last in charge of the Belgium national team, with a six-year stint at the Red Devils, that was brought to a close after suffering a group stage exit at the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
There had been suggestions that Portugal, that saw Euro 2016 winner Fernando Santos vacate his post after the World Cup, would target Jose Mourinho as their new manager. The outspoken Portuguese tactician is, however, currently in charge of Serie A giants Roma and no job-share option has been presented to him.
Martinez was able to guide Belgium to the top of the FIFA world rankings while working with a so-called ‘Golden Generation’; however major honours proved elusive for the coach, who previously spent time in club management with Swansea, Wigan and Everton.