RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Rumours that Brazil will give former skipper Dunga a second stint as national coach reached deafening levels on Sunday with Globo reporting he is about to be unveiled as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s successor.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) had planed to unveil the new man at the top last week but instead on Thursday unwrapped a new technical commission headed by former reserve goalkeeper Gilmar, saying the new coach would be named Tuesday.
After early speculation the CBF would turn to currently clubless former Corinthians boss Tite, Saturday saw a flurry of media reports saying the body which runs the Brazilian game would in fact turn to Dunga, sacked after the 2010 World Cup.
Globo reported Dunga would likely choose Jorginho, who like him and Gilmar was in the World Cup-winning USA 1994 squad, as his right-hand man.
The Brazilian media conglomerate added that Dunga, 50, had been mulling a big-money offer from Venezuela as the latter, buoyed by a strong run at the 2011 Copa America, chase a first World Cup qualification for Russia 2018.
Globo added that on learning the Brazil job was once again in the offing, Dunga had decided to focus on that instead rather that chase a reported US$5 million (S$6.3 million) Venezuelan bonus in the event of finals qualification.
The former Fiorentina and Stuttgart midfielder replaced 1994 coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who gave way to Gilmar last week as techical coordinator, in the top job after the 2006 World Cup.
He then led Brazil to Copa America success in 2007 and the 2009 Confederations Cup.
But the CBF wielded the axe after Dunga’s Brazil side, seen by many fans as over-cautious, lost their 2010 World Cup quarter-final to Holland.
After their 2014 World Cup semi-final humiliation on home soil at the hands of champions Germany, Brazil are now seeking to overhaul their domestic game as well as their five-times world champions national side.
But attempts at very incremental reform in recent years have foundered.
Since Dunga was fired, Mano Menezes has likewise been tried and found wanting while Scolari has come back and proved unable to repeat his 2002 World Cup success – though he did lead Brazil to last year’s Confederations Cup.
Dunga is now seemingly poised to follow Parreira and Scolari in having a second bite at the Selecao cherry.
In his first spell at the helm he oversaw 42 wins in 60 games for 12 draws and six losses.