Ex-Belgium boss Roberto Martinez ‘agrees to replace Fernando Santos as Portugal manager after World Cup axe’

    ROBERT MARTINEZ has reportedly agreed to become the new Portugal manager.

    The former Wigan and Everton boss, 49, left his post as Belgium head coach following their shock group-stage exit at the World Cup in Qatar.

    Roberto Martinez was in charge of Belgium for six years

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    Roberto Martinez was in charge of Belgium for six yearsCredit: Getty

    But now he is set to return to international football just weeks later as the successor to Fernando Santos.

    According to The Athletic, he reached a verbal agreement to take charge of the Euro 2016 winners.

    And the Spaniard is expected to finalise a deal by the end of next week.

    Martinez is believe to have attracted interest from both club and international sides following his departure from Belgium.

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    He lead the Red Devils to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup before they were beaten by champions France.

    They were then also eliminated by the eventual winners at the Euros in 2021 as Italy defeated them.

    But last year’s World Cup was a terrible disappointment for Martinez and the Belgium squad as they exited in the group stage after managing just four points from games against Canada, Morocco and Croatia.

    More to follow.

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