Portugal have confirmed that they are looking for a foreign appointment to replace Antonio Oliveira, who was sacked as coach of the national team, after a disappointing World Cup performance.

National federation chairman Gilberto Madail said told a news conference that former Boavista and Benfica coach Manuel Jose had pulledout of the race to succeed Oliveira, paving the way for a non-Portuguese coach.

‘Today I was mandated by the board to find a new foreign coach with competent requirements to assume the leadership of the national team,’ Madail said.

Madail hopes to confirm the apppointment of a new coach by the end of the month.

According to reports in the Portuguese press, Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to victory in this year’s World Cup in South Korea and Japan, is being tipped as the man most likely to be approached.

In the meantime, caretaker coach Agostinho Oliveira will remain in charge for the friendly against Scotland on November 20.