Pellegrini reportedly turns down chance to manage Brazil

Manuel Pellegrini

Louis van Gaal's Dutch side's win over Brazil, which led to Luiz Felipe Scolari resigning, could have seen Manuel Pellegrini leave Manchester City to takeover the Selecao.

Reports in Chile suggest that Manuel Pellegrini has turned down the chance to become the new Brazil boss.

Pellegrini was reportedly offered the job on Sunday, but he was quick to reject Brazil’s advances because he still sees his future at Manchester City.

The Chilean manager guided City to the Premier Legaue title in his first season at the helm last year and his desire to repeat this success has seen him refuse to take over from Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Indeed, the Chilean media say that Pellegrini would not even discuss personal terms with Brazil, because of his insistence that he will continue to work at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future.

Scolari’s job became available after the Selecao’s dismal showing at the World Cup, where they were dumped out in disastrous circumstances, after a 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final.

It was the first time that a Brazilian side had lost on home soil for 39 years and whilst Scolari still hoped to keep his job after that defeat, a 3-0 reverse to Holland in the third placed play-off sealed his fate.

He resigned later after realising his position had become untenable.

It now appears that Brazil have identified Pellegrini as their first choice to takeover, but his rejection of their job offer adds insult to injury in what has been a rough time for supporters of the South American nation.

If Pellegrini had accepted to it would have been a strange turn of events, with Louis van Gaal effectively already securing a victory over United's rivals before even taking over.

It was his Holland side's victory which forced the need for a replacement at the helm of Brazil and it would have caused turmoil at City if their highly-regarded manager had opted for pastures new.

The offer does suggest that Brazil are thinking about employing a foreign manager, though, a stance they have previously rejected.

There is a paucity of top-class Brazilian-born managers at the moment and it means that employing someone from outside the country is almost a necessity, with the job of taking over looking particularly tough given the nation is suffering one of its worst periods of footballing history.

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