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Thursday 23 November 2017

Portugal axe for Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz has been sacked as Portugal coach.

The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed the news last night, two days after the national team suffered a 1-0 surprise defeat at the hands of Norway in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Queiroz is serving a six-month ban for his alleged misbehaviour during an anti-doping testing session at a training camp in the run-up to the World Cup, and was not on the bench for Tuesday's defeat.

Portugal were also held to a 4-4 draw with Cyprus in their opening qualifier last week, and the team's poor performance on the pitch, allied to Queiroz's alleged misdemeanour off it, has forced the Portuguese federation to act.

The former Manchester United assistant manager had two years remaining on his contract .

A federation statement read: "Given the recent events, and after reviewing the situation concerning the national coach, the directorate of the FPF decided unanimously (to end) the contract . . . with the national coach, Carlos Queiroz, with immediate effect."

The statement added that the search for new coach would begin immediately with a view to having a new man in place in time for the team's next qualifier at home to Denmark on October 8.

Irish Independent

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