New deal for win­ning coach San­tos

World Soccer - - Eye Witness -

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.

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