Former Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is reportedly set to take over as the Portugal manager following the departure of Fernando Santos.
Former Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has reportedly reached a ‘verbal agreement’ to take over the Portugal managerial vacancy.
The 49-year-old left his role with the Red Devils when his contract expired after a disappointing World Cup campaign where the nation crashed out at the group stage.
The Athletic reports that an agreement is set to be finalised by ‘the end of next week’, with the Spaniard choosing to remain in international management despite a return to club football being touted.
Martinez presided over what many consider to be the ‘golden generation’ of Belgian football with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Thibault Courtois at his disposal, failing to win any major tournament.
Portugal are seeking a new manager after the departure of Fernando Santos following their quarter-final exit to Morocco at the World Cup.
In an eight-year spell in charge of the Selecao, Santos won the European Championships in 2016 and the Nations League in 2019. Martinez would be only the third non-Portuguese man to hold the job after Brazilians Otto Gloria and Luiz Felipe Scolari.