CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues has admitted Brazil are interested in hiring Carlo Ancelotti as the country’s next permanent manager.
Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the vacant Brazil coaching job in recent weeks, with Mano Menezes currently in temporary charge of the team after Tite left his post at the end of 2022.
Speaking to Reuters, Rodrigues admitted that the current Real Madrid manager is the ideal candidate for the vacant job: “Ancelotti is unanimously respected among players. Not only Ronaldo Nazario or Vinicius Jr but all those that have played for him.
“I really admire him for his honesty in the way he works and how constant his work is. He needs no introductions. He is really a top coach who he has several achievements and we hope he can have even more.
“Ancelotti is not only the players’ favourite but it seems the fans’ too. Everywhere I go in Brazil, in every stadium, he is the first name the supporters ask me about.
“They talk about him in a very affectionate way, in recognition of an exemplary work he has done in his career. Let’s have faith in God, wait for the appropriate time and we’ll see if we can make it happen as we look for the new coach of the Brazilian national team.”
It’s fair to say the 2022 FIFA World Cup was a disaster for Brazil, who were knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals by Croatia, losing on penalties.
The South American giants haven’t performed particularly well since that disappointing World Cup in Qatar, shockingly losing 2-1 to Morocco in a recent friendly at the Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier.