Five-time world champions and 2014 soccer world cup host Brazil; on Friday dealt has given manager Mano Menezes the matching order, therefore ending the relationship between the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and Menezes.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) national squad director Andres Sanches confirmed the news as he said he broke the news to Menezes himself saying, “Nobody likes to receive news of these kinds of things in any circumstances, but everyone in football knows that these things happen.
However, a new coach will be announced come January 2013 as a search has begun for Menezes replacement.
It would be recalled that 50 year old Menezes replaced former Brazilian player Dunga following the team’s elimination in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup finals.
Menezes has not been able to shake away the under-performance plaguing the Selecao, following the team’s failure at the 2011 Copa America, where they lost in the last-eight to Paraguay, and at the Olympic Games in London this summer where they finished runners-up and ever since then his job has been on the line since Brazil’s humiliating 2-1 loss to underdogs Mexico at Wembley in August.
Menezes who was axed after a meeting with the CBF president Jose Maria Marin has garnered 20 wins in his time at the helm, six draws and five defeats talking record.
Media speculation has already linked former Selecao boss Luis Felipe Scolari with a return to the hot-seat after he guided Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002.
After the setback at the Olympics, Menezes appealed to Brazil’s football federation chiefs not to be panicked into sacking him.
Menezes said he believed that the Olympic loss could have been used to inspire Brazil to a sixth World Cup on home soil in 2014.
Menezes had previously coached Brazilian club side Gremio from 2005 until 2007, leading the team to the final of the Copa Libertadores where they were defeated by Boca Juniors.
He then took charge of Corinthians with whom he won the 2009 Brazilian Cup.
While Scolari remains the favourite to take over, some reports have linked Corinthians coach Tite and Santos boss Muricy Ramalho with the job.