CBF admit they spoke with Scolari before sacking Mano Menezes
The president of the CBF, Jose Maria Marin, has admitted that talks with Luiz Felipe Scolari over taking on the role as coach of the Brazilian national team took place before the meeting in which it was decided to sack Mano Menezes.
Marin, 80, who took over as president after Ricardo Teixeira resigned March this year, revealed to newspaper “O Globo” that they had had a conversation with the former coach.
"There was a preliminary discussion,” said Marin. “It was a five-minute conversation.”
The president also revealed that the fans and press influenced their decision in getting rid of Menezes.
“We consulted details of the matches. But we also felt the manifestation of the fans. And lastly, it is very important, the thermometer, which is the press. There was a yearning for change.”
And the 80-year-old, who played for São Paulo as a striker in the 1950s, denied rumours that he had consulted former president Ricardo Teixeira.
“Who made this statement must be hard, he is a liar. Liar! I did not consult with anyone.”