Corinthians manager Tite has said that he has not given up on the possibility of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores next season. Corinthians recently managed to win the Club World Cup, which is regarded as the ultimate prize for clubs. However, they have deteriorated quite quickly and are now struggling to even qualify for the Copa Libertadores next season. This has started widespread speculation that Tite could be replaced by the club at the end of the season. Corinthians have also confirmed unofficially that Tite will not be their coach in 2014.
They have been heavily linked with a move for former Brazilian national team manager Mano Menezes, who was recently sacked by the Brazil FA in favour of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Only the top four teams are capable of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores. Corinthians are currently six points off the team occupying the final fourth place. They have matches against the likes of Vasco da Gama, Flamengo, and Internacional in the forthcoming weeks.
“Anything can happen in the last few weeks. There are four matches remaining and I believe in the possibility of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores,” Tite said. The contract of Tite comes to an end in December. He has been at the club for the last few years during which time he helped the club win five trophies, which is one of the best records. It has been reported that the club has reached a verbal agreement with former Brazilian manager Mano Menezes, who was in charge of the national team from 2008 to 2010.
It is expected that he will take charge of the team immediately after the exit of Tite. The Copa Libertadores title and the Club World Cup title will remain as the best achievements of Tite as the manager of Brazilian giants Corinthians.