Corinthians boss Tite plays down Brazil coaching rumors

Rio de Janeiro, April 2 (IANS) Corinthians manager Tite has played down reports linking him with the role of Brazil’s national team coach.

Current Brazil coach, the 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga, has faced calls for his dismissal after the team’s poor start to the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, reports Xinhua.

The Selecao are currently sixth in the South American zone qualifying group with nine points from their first six matches — four points behind leaders Uruguay.

“I am proud of the praise, I will always strive to keep improving,” Tite was quoted as saying by Brazilian portal Sambafoot on Friday.

“I do not agree that there’s just me. There are other skilled managers. Now it’s not my time. It’s time to support those who are there now.”

Tite, 54, is widely considered the best coach currently working in Brazil. He led Corinthians to the 2012 Copa Libertadores title – South America’s most prestigious club trophy — and returned from a one-year hiatus to lead the club to the 2015 Brazilian Serie A championship.

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