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Brazil rule out Guardiola as coach

Brazil FA president Jose Marin won’t hire Pep Guardiola as the next head coach after revealing he does not want to hire a foreign trainer.

The former Barcelona boss has recently been linked with the Selecao role, after it became vacant due to the sacking of Mano Menezes on Friday.

The 80-year-old Marin, however, believes that although Guardiola is a superb coach, he might not be suited with taking over the national side.

“I find it hard (to believe) that Brazil’s next coach will be a foreign,” he told the Terra website.

“I have the greatest respect for Guardiola, but Brazil has won all of its five World Cups with Brazilian coaches.

“I haven’t talk to any (possible coaches) yet. I’m waiting for the end of Brasileirao. A decision might be made in January, in which case I will talk to reporters in a press conference and announce the new coach.

“The next coach must have an adequate profile to lead Brazil to its top goal, which is winning the 2014 World Cup.”

Regarding the dismissal of former trainer Menezes, Marin made it clear that Brazil have moved on with a positive outlook on the future.

“The past is the past; we won’t talk about this again,” he said. “We must think in the present and the future.”

Director Andres Sanchez expressed his disappointment over the release of the coach and revealed that Luiz Felipe Scolari is set to take over the position.

“I haven’t spoke with the president (Marin) yet, but there’s a possibility that I’ll leave (the board),” he said.

“As far as I know, Felipao (Scolari) has agreed terms. I know from credible sources that this happened.

“I’m sad because of all that happened. Do you think that I wanted to be here, explaining the dismissal of our coach? We’re going through a moment of insecurity, we don’t have a coach.

“There’s absolutely nothing that can shake Brazilian football.”

Mon 26 Nov, 2012
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