18 Sep 2010

Jose says no way to Portugal job

11:00 am on 18 September 2010

Jose Mourinho will not accept an offer to take temporary charge of the struggling Portuguese national football team for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Mourinho was approached by Portugal's football federation (FPF) and asked if he would take over for the qualifiers at home to Denmark on October the 8th and away to Iceland four days later.

He told a news conference at Real's training ground he was unable to accept the offer as he believed his club would not react positively to his absence.

Portugal sacked Carlos Queiroz this month after he was suspended for six months for insulting anti-doping agents before the World Cup, and have yet to name a replacement.

They have had a poor start to their qualifying campaign, with a 4-all home draw with Cyprus and a 1-nil defeat in Norway.