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Manchester United Bruno Fernandes sends message to Fernando Santos after Portugal sacking

Manchester United Bruno Fernandes sends message to Fernando Santos after Portugal sacking

Bruno Fernandes commended Fernando Santos for his decision to resign as Portugal manager following the team’s elimination from the World Cup.

Morocco eliminated Santos’ Portugal from the tournament in Qatar in the quarterfinal round with a 1-0 victory. 

The 68-year-old departs after eight years in charge, during which he guided the nation to European Championship victory in 2016 and the inaugural Nations League championship in 2019.

Manchester United star Fernandes, who recorded two goals and three assists in the World Cup despite a disappointing showing in the Middle East, thanked Santos for his efforts as manager in a heartfelt social media message.

“Many thanks to mister Fernando Santos,” Fernandes wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for the opportunity to represent our country and for the trust in us the past few years.

“As a Portuguese, thank you for putting Portugal at the top of Europe and returning confidence and belief to a “small” country that it was possible to be among the “big ones”.

“Moments of glory and joy and others of sadness and frustration, but history was made and will forever be marked in the hearts of all Portuguese.”

In a statement announcing the coach’s departure, the Portuguese Football Federation said: “It was an honour to have a coach and a person like Fernando Santos at the head of the national team.

“The FPF [Portuguese Football Federation] thanks Fernando Santos and his technical team for the services provided over eight unique years and believes that this thanks is also made on behalf of the Portuguese people. The FPF board will now begin the process of choosing the next national coach.”

Former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who was benched for the matches against Switzerland and Morocco, departed the pitch in tears following Saturday’s match.

Manchester United Bruno Fernandes sends message to Fernando Santos after Portugal sacking

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