Brazil coach Tite’s successor won’t be known until January

The question of the choice of the successor of Tite, coach of Brazil who will leave his post after the World Cup-2022 which ends on December 18, will not be “dealt with until January”, indicated Thursday the president of the federation, cutting short to rumors of contacts with coaches like Pep Guardiola.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) assured in a press release that its president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, in place since last March, had “never raised with other leaders the subject of the future coach after the World Cup”.

“Any information to the contrary is misleading (…) This question will only be dealt with in January,” said Mr. Rodrigues, quoted in the press release. The CBF says for the moment “100% concentrated in the quest for a sixth title of world champion, under the leadership of Tite”, in Qatar.

This week, there were rumors of a possible return to the national team of Mano Menezes, coach from 2010 to 2012, now coach of Internacional, second in the Brazilian championship. The name of Dorival Junior, coach of Flamengo, who has just won the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the European Champions League, has also circulated in the press.

Other rumors evoke the possibility of seeing Pep Guardiola at the head of the Seleçao, but the salary expectations of the Manchester City coach would be too high for the CBF. In February, Tite, 61, announced to everyone’s surprise that he would leave his post as coach after the World Cup.

In office since 2016, following the dismissal of Dunga, he has an impressive record of 57 wins, 14 draws and only five defeats, with a title, that of the Copa América, won at home in 2019. During the World Cup-2018, in Russia, Tite’s Brazil failed in the quarter-finals, against Belgium (1-2).

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