The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Ex-Barca coach Guardiola would leap at Brazil job: Media


RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola would leap at the chance to coach Brazil, who sacked Mano Menezes this week, Lance sports daily reported on Saturday.

"The Brazilian national side is the only team he would be ready to coach tomorrow" if given the chance, an unnamed Guardiola confidant told Lance group founder and chairman Walter de Mattos jr, who penned the article linking the former Barca boss with the post.

Guardiola insists he will see out his sabbatical in the United States after leaving the Nou Camp last summer. But the source said he would do a good job with the five-times world champions, who are now on the lookout for a successor to Manezes, fired on Friday barely 18 months away from Brazil's hosting of the next World Cup.

"If he coaches the Selecao, they will win the World Cup - you tell that to the chairman of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF)," the insider said.