Rodriguez admitted that the 63-year-old Italian is his main target and the all-time favorite to become head coach of Brazil, whose last coach Tite left after Croatia knocked the team out of the 2022 World Cup in the quarterfinals.
Ancelotti is unanimously respected among players. Not just Ronaldo Nazario or Vinicius Jr. but all those who have played under him, Rodriguez said in an exclusive interview with Reuters.
I really admire him for his honesty in the way he works and how consistent his work is. He doesn’t need introductions. He really is a top coach, he has several accomplishments, and we hope he can do even better.
Ancelotti was one of the main topics of conversation in the Brazilian national team locker room this week before Saturday’s friendly against Morocco. Several players, such as Vinicius Jr., Ederson, Rodrigo and Casemiro, spoke highly of the Italian.
But according to Rodrigues, Ancelotti fever has already engulfed Brazil.
Ancelotti is loved not only by the players, but apparently by the fans as well, Rodrigues said. Everywhere I go in Brazil, in every stadium, he’s the first name the fans ask me about.
They talk about him very fondly, acknowledging the exemplary job he has done in his career.
Let’s have faith in God, wait for the right time and see if it works out for us as we look for a new coach for the Brazilian national team.
Although Rodrigues spoke highly of the Italian, he noted that Brazil must be careful to follow due process because Ancelotti is under contract with Real Madrid until 2024.
He said that so far the Brazilian FA has not had any formal contacts or offers with Ancelotti or any other manager, and that they will begin negotiations with candidates in mid-April with the goal of announcing a new coach by the end of May.
Rodriguez’s idea is to have a new staff in place before the next international break in June so that the manager can select the squad and make his debut.
We will be very ethical in our approach and respect the current contracts. We are also very respectful of the work done by any coach and his club to get this done, and if we make any approach, it would be disrespectful to the prezto the identity of the respective clubs, Rodriguez said.
So we have the patience to wait for the right moment to have these conversations.
Nothing has been decided yet to name (the next coach) exactly, but it’s within that line, you understand? We need a coach who will be respected and admired by the players, Rodriguez added.
While Ancelotti is the target and Pep Guardiola of Manchester City is considered unattainable, other managers such as Jose Mourinho of Roma or Jorge Jesus of Fenerbahce are also considered by the Brazilian FA as possible contenders.
Among the possible Brazilian candidates, Fernando Diniz of Fluminense is one of the favorites in the CBF.