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Brazil chiefs rule out Pep Guardiola for Seleção role and hint at Scolari return

Mano Menezes was sacked by the CBF on Friday

President of the Brazilian Football Confederation José Marin has essentially ruled out Pep Guardiola as the next Seleção coach, whilst a colleague hinted that Luiz Felipe Scolari is set to return to the role.

Guardiola has recently been linked with the national team role, after it became vacant due to the sacking of Mano Menezes on Friday.

However, José Marin believes that although the ex- Barça boss is a superb trainer, he might not be suited with taking over the national side.

The 80-year-old said: "I find it hard [to believe] that Brazil's next coach will be foreign.

"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."

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

"The past is the past; we won't talk about this again. We must think in the present and the future," he added.

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

He said: "I haven't spoke with the president [Marin] yet, but there's a possibility that I'll leave [the board].

"As far as I know, Felipão [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."


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