Pep Guardiola is being linked with the opportunity to coach Brazil following the sacking of Mano Menezes. An unnamed Pep Guardiola confidant has revealed that the former Barcelona manager would leap at the chance to coach Brazil.
“The Brazilian national side is the only team he would be ready to coach tomorrow” the confidant told sports newspaper Lance.
The source suggested that Pep Guardiola would be willing to break his hiatus from football for the opportunity to coach Brazil. Presently, Pep Guardiola is on vacation with his family in New York, United States.
Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) is looking for a Mano Menezes’ replacement with the FIFA World Cup barely 18 moths away from kick-off. Brazil, who is hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2014, hasn’t commented on the Guardiola-saga just yet.
Nonetheless, the five times World Champions are expected to bring in a big name as the new coach of Brazil. A long list of suitors is expected to be formulated before the end of this weekend.
“If he coaches the Selecao, they will win the World Cup – you tell that to the chairman of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF),” the confidant said.
Mano Menezes failed to lead Brazil to Olympic gold during the 2012 London Olympics. Brazil had to face an embarrassing defeat to Mexico in the final of the Olympics.
If the CBF does not come up with a new manager by New Year’s Eve, the new manager will have less than six month to prepare a side capable of winning the Confederations Cup, which is taking place on home soil to act as a full dress rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
The confidant further informed that Brazil will focus on avoiding a foreign option, even though Pep Guardiola would blindly jump to their cause.
“But currently there is no coach in Brazil – even among the good ones we have – capable of promoting not just a rejuvenation of the squad but carrying out a revolution to influence all Brazilian football from the grassroots up,” the confidant continued.
Following these statements Pep Guardiola’s agent Josep Maria Orobitg told Lance that had been no contact between the CBF and Guardiola.
“I have had no call for contact whatsoever from the CBF. I speak regularly to Pep and he has not given me any instructions to negotiate with anyone for a possible contract,” Josep Maria Orobitg said.