Saturday, 24th July 2010

Brazil have offered the job of national team coach to current Fluminense boss Muricy Ramalho, but his current employers are playing hardball, unwilling to let their talented manager slip away quietly.

Following a poor World Cup, which saw the country knocked out by Holland, Brazil boss Dunga quickly fell on his sword, leaving the CBF (Brazilian FA) searching for a successor who would not only win, but win in style. Ramalho has been identified as that man.

However, Fluminense do not want to lose Ramalho.

"Muricy continues to coach Fluminense, honouring his contractual commitment", said club president Robert Horcades.

The job of Selecao coach will no doubt appeal to Ramalho and and Fluminense’s determination to hold onto the 54-year-old will surely be tested to the limit in the coming days.



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