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Santos coach Muricy Ramalho believes Brazilian manager should be given Seleção role ahead of Pep Guardiola

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Santos head coach Muricy Ramalho believes a Brazilian manager should be given the national team role ahead of Pep Guardiola.

Ramalho, 56, along with Corinthians manager Tite and former boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, has been installed as one of the favourites to take over from Menezes.

Former Barcelona boss Guardiola is the outright favourite for the job, however, Ramalho insists a Brazilian manager should be chosen.

He said: "Guardiola is a great coach but the problem is he does not know the Brazilian culture.

"Brazil has won five World Cups and five times the coach was Brazilian. Local coaches should be respected such as Felipão, Tite, Abel [Braga] and myself."

Ramalho refused to rule himself out of the running to take over the Seleção if approached.

 
 

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