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Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz sacked

Carlos Queiroz
Queiroz has been assistant manager at Manchester United

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has been sacked with immediate effect.

The move comes a week after the 57-year-old was suspended for six months for disrupting an anti-doping test.

The former Manchester United assistant boss was also criticised for Portugal's poor performance at the 2010 World Cup finals and in Euro 2012 qualifiers.

"Given recent events, the FPF directors decided unanimously to settle his contract," said Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madail.

"This decision has been communicated to Carlos Queiroz, who will receive the reasons for the decision first hand."

Queiroz, a former Real Madrid boss, had two years left on his contract.


His lawyer, Rui Patricio, said the sacking had '"the inevitable path" but added he would fight it.

"We are not satisfied with the fact that Queiroz's rights are not being respected," stated Patricio.

"If the contract has been terminated without just cause, there has to be compensation. If there has been interference from the government then international organisations, and I mean Fifa of course, will be alerted."

Queiroz was suspended for one month for misconduct in August after he was found to have insulted an anti-doping team and upset their work.

The ban, which related to a test performed in May, was later extended to six months.

Queiroz has denied wrongdoing. None of the players tested positive.

We are not satisfied with the fact that Queiroz's rights are not being respected

Queiroz's lawyer Rui Patricio

The coach, appointed in 2008, has been under pressure following Portugal's exit at hand the last-16 stage of the World Cup to eventual winners Spain.

The team have also had their worst start to a European championship qualifying campaign since 1996.

They lost 1-0 to Norway on Tuesday and drew 4-4 with Cyprus in the opening game. Queiroz's assistant, Agostinho Oliveira, was in charge for those matches.

The PFF said it hoped to appoint a successor to Queiroz before Portugal's Euro 2012 qualifier against Denmark on 8 October.

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see also
Queiroz gets six-month suspension
02 Sep 10 |  Football
Ronaldo 'broken' by Portugal exit
30 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Real sack Queiroz
24 May 04 |  Europe
Queiroz in Africa
05 Oct 05 |  African
Queiroz back on familiar ground
04 Jun 04 |  Man Utd

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