According to reports, Jose Mourinho is already assembling a team of assistants in preparation for his appointment as the new head coach of the Brazilian national team.
The Portuguese, who is currently playing for Serie A giants Roma, has been linked with a move into international management after establishing a hugely successful club career. Now, it appears that he is targeting the Brazil job after previous manager Tite stepped down after the South American team only made it to the World Cup quarterfinals in Qatar.
Despite being heavy favorites to win the trophy last month, the five-time champions were defeated by Croatia..
Since then, the search for Tite’s replacement has been ongoing, and it appears that Mourinho is in line to accept the position, according to his former Porto teammate Carlos Alberto.
“Let me say it directly,” he said on the Mundo GV podcast. Mourinho could be the new coach of Brazil. This is news that I’m making public. He has also asked me to be his assistant.”
It remains to be seen whether Mourinho is the right man for the job in Brazil. The 59-year-old is currently working to get Roma back into the Champions League, and his contract with the Italian club is set to expire in the summer of 2024..
He was appointed before the 2021/22 season and won the Europa Conference League in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico. The ex-Chelsea and Manchester United schemer has never hidden his desire to move into international management, having spoken out on a switch while at Spurs..
Yes, I want to coach a national team; I want the experience of a World Cup and a European Championship, as well as the excitement of a short competition,” Mourinho previously stated. He had previously been linked with taking over as manager of Portugal, but he was unsure whether it would be the right opportunity..
“Is Portugal the one for me? On one hand, yes, because it is my heart “The former Real Madrid manager went on to say. “However, it is extremely difficult to do so in your birth country.”
However, it appears that chance has already passed him by, as the Selecao has appointed former Belgium manager Roberto Martinez. The ex-Everton player left his position following the European side’s group stage exit in Qatar and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.
Surprisingly, Mourinho was not the only big name linked with the job of managing the Brazilian national team. Previous reports suggested that Pep Guardiola had been contacted shortly after the World Cup to discuss taking over – a move that seemed unlikely given the Spaniard’s track record..
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