Brazil are eyeing a shock move for Pep Guardiola as their new boss following Tite’s resignation

Brazil eye shock move for Pep Guardiola as their new manager after Tite quit following their World Cup quarter-final exit to Croatia… with Selecao ‘set to contact Manchester City boss in coming days’

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) are reportedly set to contact Pep Guardiola in the coming days in an ambitious bid to lure the Spaniard to become their new manager.

The Selecao are looking for a new head coach after Tite stepped down following their shock exit from the World Cup on Friday.

Brazil crashed out of the tournament in Qatar after losing on penalties to Croatia, with Rodrygo and Marquinhos both missing their spot-kicks.

Brazil are reportedly eyeing up a shock move for Man City’s Pep Guardiola as their new boss

And according to Spanish outlet SPORT, CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues – who is responsible for 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.

The Manchester City boss signed a new deal at the Etihad last month, committing his future to the Citizens until 2025, but this is not believed to be a sticking point for CBF.

Guardiola is the first choice to replace Tite and the CBF sees the Spaniard as the best manager in the world.

Traditionally, the Selecao have only appointed Brazilian coaches, but following the failure of Tite – who has drawn 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 in the quarter-finals against Croatia on Friday

Brazil crashed out of the World Cup on penalties in the quarter-finals against Croatia on Friday

Tite resigned in the wake of their exit, ending his six-year spell in charge of the nation

Tite resigned in the wake 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 have no matches 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 leave.

Andres Sanchez, a former president of Brazilian club team Corinthians, is likely to replace Juninho, while the CBF is also looking at several options as a potential manager for 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 himself to the future until 2025

Guardiola last month signed a new deal with Man City, committing himself to the future until 2025

Fluminense boss Fernando Diniz and Gremio manager Renato Portaluppi are also to be considered.

Similarly, Rogerio Ceni, who is in charge of Sao Paulo, is another contender.

Jorge Sampaoli, who recently replaced Julien Lopetegui at Sevilla and will coach Argentina from 2017-2018, is perhaps the most eye-catching name on the long list of potential Tite replacements – but the Argentine enjoyed 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.

Under his guidance, they won the 2019 Copa America, finishing second two years later. However, in both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, they fell in the quarter-finals, against Belgium and Croatia respectively.

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