Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Portugal sack Carlos Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz has been sacked as coach of the Portuguese national side.

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

Queiroz is currently 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 lack of performance on the pitch, allied to Queiroz's alleged misdemeanour off it, forced the Portuguese federation to act.

Queiroz had two years remaining on his contract with the Portuguese federation.

It is hoped a new manager will be in place in time for the team's next qualifier at home to Denmark on October 8.