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Portugal Blast Chelsea Timing

The Portuguese Football Federation have hit out at Chelsea for the timing of their announcement as Scolari being their new manager.

Chelsea confirmed on 11th June that Scolari would be their new manager, shortly after Portugal beat Czech Republic in the 2nd Matchday of Group A. Portugal then went on to lose 3-2 to Germany in the quarter-finals.

The president of the Portuguese Football Federation (PFF), Gilberto Madail, believes that Chelsea’s timing of the announcement showed a lack of respect and that they should of informed the PFF of their plans.

Madail said,”It wasn’t the best moment for us for Chelsea to announce Scolari’s appointment.”

He continued,”I know Scolari had nothing to do with it and I was surprised, not by the appointment – because Scolari is a great coach – but at the timing chosen.

“I wish Chelsea would have consulted us before so that we could have chosen a better time. The club could’ve told the federation in advance.

“We tried (to keep him) … but I felt Scolari really wanted a change in his life. Even if we found (the money from sponsors), we wouldn’t get close to the conditions offered to him.”

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