New Brazil coach to be named after Christmas

The Brazilian football federation says discussions to select the

new Brazil coach will take place between Christmas and the New

Year, with the announcement expected early in January.

The federation needs to find a new coach after firing Mano

Menezes on Friday, saying it was not pleased with his methods.

”A meeting scheduled for after Christmas will determine the new

coach,” federation director Andres Sanchez said. ”The coach needs

to be in place by January.”

Brazil will host next year’s Confederations Cup and the 2014

World Cup.

World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is the fan favorite,

but Sanchez said other top coaches in Brazil also could considered,

including Muricy Ramalho, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Abel Braga and

Tite.

Sanchez dismissed the possibility of hiring an inexperienced

coach like Dunga, who was picked for the national team in 2006

despite lacking any coaching experience.

Brazilian media said Saturday that former Barcelona coach Pep

Guardiola also is a candidate and the Lance sports daily published

an interview with the coach saying he would accept the job with

Brazil.

Sanchez, the top director in charge of the national team, is

against hiring a foreign coach.

”Brazil has many great coaches today, it makes no sense to go

looking for someone abroad,” he said.

The director didn’t dismiss the possibility that it could

happen, though, as he was also against the firing of Menezes.

Sanchez said he didn’t want to dismiss Menezes after the coach

had already established his methods, but federation President Jose

Maria Marin and other directors thought it would be better to move

in a new direction.

Menezes had 21 victories, six losses and six draws since taking

over the national team after the 2010 World Cup. Brazil had been

winning recently, but the coach was marked by disappointing results

against traditional rivals such as Germany, France, Argentina and

the Netherlands.

He also failed to win the Copa America and failed to win Olympic

gold, which is the only soccer trophy the five-time world champions

haven’t won.

”I’d like to thank everyone who has worked with me in this

project, especially the players and everyone else who believed in

our work,” Menezes said on Twitter. ”I wish the national team a

lot of success fulfilling the dream of our fans to win the sixth

world title in 2014.”

Scolari, who led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title, has been

touted as the front-runner to replace Menezes.

The former Portugal and Chelsea coach is without a job since

leaving struggling Palmeiras, which was eventually relegated to the

second division in the Brazilian league this month.

The coach never ruled out returning to the national team and

recently turned down offers to coach Brazilian clubs Gremio and

Cruzeiro and the Russian national team.

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