Brazil are ‘eyeing up a shock move for Pep Guardiola as their new manager’ following Tite’s resignation after their World Cup quarter-final exit to Croatia
The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) will reportedly contact Pep Guardiola over the coming days in an ambitious attempt to lure the Spaniard to be their new manager.
The Selecao are searching for a new head coach after Tite resigned following their shock quarter-final exit from the World Cup on Friday when they lost on penalties to Croatia, with Rodrygo and Marquinhos both missing their spot kicks.
And, according to Spanish outlet SPORT, Brazil are keen on making a shock move for Guardiola, despite the Manchester City last month signing a new deal at the Etihad until 2025.
Brazil are reportedly eyeing up a shock move for Man City’s Pep Guardiola as their new boss
CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues – who is in charge of appointing a new coach – is keen to understand whether Guardiola would be interested in taking over the role at the end of the 2022-23 season, with the new contract he signed not thought to be a sticking point.
Guardiola is the current number one choice to replace Tite, with the CBF viewing the Spaniard as the best manager in the world.
Traditionally, the Selecao have only appointed Brazilian coaches, but after the failure of Tite – who has received much criticism following their early elimination from the World Cup – the CBF are willing to appoint a non-Brazilian coach, and are focused on bringing in the best available option.
Brazil crashed out of the World Cup on penalties at the quarter-final stage to Croatia on Friday
Tite resigned in the aftermath of their exit, ending his six-year-spell in charge of the nation
Brazil are in no rush to appoint a new manager as they currently don’t have any games scheduled until the second half of 2023 – when South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup begin.
There is set to be significant upheaval for their national team with all members of Tite’s coaching staff and Juninho – the former Middlesbrough midfielder and national team coordinator – expected to depart.
Andres Sanchez, a former president of Brazilian club side Corinthians, is likely to replace Juninho, while the CBF are also eyeing up several alternatives as potential manager to Guardiola.
Other early front-runners for the role include Abel Ferreira, the Palmeiras boss who has won two Copa Libertadores in 2020 and 2021.
Guardiola last month signed a new deal with Man City, committing his future until 2025
Fluminese boss Fernando Diniz and Gremio manager Renato Portaluppi are also reportedly being considered.
Similarly, Rogerio Ceni, who is in charge of Sao Paulo is another contender.
Jorge Sampaoli, who recently replaced Julien Lopetegui at Sevilla, and coached Argentina from 2017-2018, is perhaps the most eye-catching name on the long list of potential Tite replacements – but the Argentinian did enjoy successful spells in charge of Santos and Atletico Mineiro in Brazil.
Tite enjoyed a six-year spell in charge of the Selecao after replacing Dunga in 2016, winning 60 of his 81 matches in charge.
Under his tutelage they won the 2019 Copa America, and finished runners-up two years later. However, in both 2018 and 2022 World Cups, they fell at the quarter-final stage, against Belgium and Croatia respectively.
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