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Mano Menezes announced as Brazil’s new manager – SportsUntapped.com
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Added July 26th, 2010 by Ian

Mano Menezes announced as Brazil’s new manager
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It looks like some of the world’s football teams are starting to put their foot down when it comes to managers who are under contract. The latest example of this comes from Brazil, as the national team originally offered the manager’s job to Muricy Ramalho, who is under contract with Fluminense. However, Ramalho had to turn it down as his club didn’t want him to go.

Instead, the Brazilian football association then announced Mano Menezes as the team’s new manager as he replaces the departed Carlos Dunga, who was let go after Brazil was knocked out of the recent World Cup by Holland in the quarterfinal stage. Menezes was the manager with Corinthians.

Ricardo Teixeira, who is the president of Brazil’s soccer federation, stated that the 48-year-old Menezes will try to develop a competitive squad that retains the “face of Brazilian football.” There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the new manager as Brazil is set to host the next World Cup in 2014.

To many Brazilian fans, Menezes is looked upon as a specialist at saving teams who’ve seemingly lost their way.  He said he likes to take on new challenges instead of running away from them and sees every job as a stepping stone. He believes the end of his journey stops with his new job as he considers it the greatest of them all.

However, with the World Cup being held at home, Brazilian fans will see anything other than a sixth trophy as a major disappointment, so Menezes doesn’t really have much room for error along the way. It will be interesting to see his first squad selection as Dunga caused an uproar when he left out Ganso, Neymar, and Ronaldinho the World Cup squad in South Africa.

Menezes did a pretty good job with Corinthian’s, but if Brazil falters out of the gate and doesn’t meet national expectations, it wouldn’t shock many people if he doesn’t last until the next World Cup.

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