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Still unclear whether Mourinho will take interim charge of Portugal

| 17.09.2010

Confusion is still rife as to whether Jose Mourinho will lead the Portugal national team on a temporary basis in their next two Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Portugal are without a manager after sacking Carlos Queiroz last month and are currently in danger of failing to qualify for Euro 2012 after taking just one point from their opening two games.

Gilberto Madali, the president of the Portuguese FA, is keen to strike a deal with Real Madrid that will free Mourinho to take control of the country’s vital next two qualifiers in October, which are a home game with Denmark and a trip to Iceland.

And he was quoted by Marca as saying that discussions with Madrid are still ongoing.

“Real Madrid have behaved in a very cordial manner with us on an issue that is not yet closed. Real Madrid would not be a problem but Mourinho is highly concentrated on work with the team.”

However, the same publication reports that the Spanish giants believe the risk is too great to commit to such a deal and so they are keen to prevent it from happening.

Mourinho has made a decent start to his career at Madrid as they are yet to concede a goal in his three games.

Their next game takes them to Real Sociedad and Madrid are 2/5 to win and 5/4 to sit on top of the La Liga table at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Portugal are still evens to win Group H despite their poor start, which saw them draw at home to Cyprus and lose away in Norway.

Guus Hiddink is one manager to have managed both a club and a country simultaneously and witnessed success, through combining duties at PSV Eindhoven and Australia and later with Russia and Chelsea.

Should Portugal qualify for Euro 2012 then they are 16/1 to win the tournament. See the whole Euro 2012 winners market.



Ed Needham