Brazil soccer coach Mano Menezes fired

Brazil’s soccer federation has fired national team coach Mano

Menezes.

Federation director Andres Sanchez said the decision to fire the

coach came after a meeting in Sao Paulo on Friday.

He said federation president Jose Maria Marin made the change

because he ”wants new methods and new planning” ahead of the 2014

World Cup that Brazil will host.

World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is one of the names

touted to replace Menezes, but Sanchez said he doesn’t think

negotiations for a new coach are under way.

Sanchez, the federation director in charge of the national team,

made it clear that he didn’t agree with the decision to fire

Menezes. But he said the president was being ”brave” and called

it a ”bold” move to make the change.