Saturday, 18th September 2010

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho thinks it is unlikely that he will be able to step up and manage the Portuguese Selecao during their European qualifiers against Denmark and Iceland in October.

With the head coach position vacant since Carlos Queiroz’ dismissal earlier this month, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) are desperate to fill the role as the team is struggling to compete in the qualifying phase for Euro 2012.

Despite being considered favourites to win the group, Portugal currently find themselves near the bottom with only one point from two games, which was gained in a 4-4 draw against Cyprus.

On Friday, Mourinho admitted that he would not be disinclined to come to the rescue of his national team, stating that juggling both jobs "is not an impossible task".

"If it was a coach without a contract, they would go tomorrow [and take the job] with the Selecao. But I am the coach of Real Madrid and I can’t openly say yes or no", the former Inter coach said yesterday, whilst stressing that his loyality and full attention remained with the Madrid club.

"Real Madrid have every right to refuse and with every obstacle, however small, I won’t be able to go."



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