Portugal extend contract of Fernando Santos: It was an easy decision

The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have decided to extend the contract of head coach Fernando Santos until Euro 2024. The FPF confirmed on Wednesday that the coach has already put pen to paper under his new contract.

“It’s a privilege for me and for my coaching staff to continue with this project,” Santos said. “We know we won’t be able to win everything, but we will always try.” FPF president Fernando Gomes also showed his happiness: “It was an easy decision to make considering we are renewing the contract of a European champion. He is a winner.”

Santos is considered to be a legend in Portugal after winning the 2016 European Championships in 2016 and the Nations League in 2019. His previous contract would have run until after Euro 2020, which was extended due to the postponement of the tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 65-year-old has been in charge as national boss after the 2014 World Cup, having previous spells at Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, as well as the Greece national team. With his new deal Santos will now be in charge at Portugal during the 2021 European Championship, the 2022 World Cup and Euro 2024.

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