New deal for winning coach Santos
After the Euros, Fernando Santos signed a new four-year contract as Portugal coach and was asked if he feared failing to live up to heightened expectations: “Fear?” he said. “None at all, or I wouldn’t be here. Besides, I have four dogs.”
Having replaced Paulo Bento early in the qualifying campaign, the 61-year-old former Greece boss is now contracted to the
until 2020. Elsewhere, other Euro 2016 coaches were less fortunate. Belgium’s Marc Wilmots was fired after four years in charge following his team’s failure to live up to expectations. He was replaced in August by 43-year-old Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, who had been sacked in May by Premier League side Everton.
Spain appointed Julen Lopetegui to replace Vicente Del Bosque, who stepped down, after eight years in charge, following the round-of-16 defeat to Italy. Former under-21 coach Lopetegui had been out of work since being fired by Porto in January.
Meanwhile, Italy confirmed Giampiero Ventura as the successor to Antonio Conte and Sam Allardyce was England’s choice to replace Roy Hodgson.