Former Brazilian national team manager Mano Menezes was appointed as the new head coach of Corinthians and he has immediately set a target of winning the state championship. The Brazilian Championship is divided into two categories and the latter is expected to suffer from the World Cup taking place in the month of June. The state championship has just begun with Corinthians playing their first match of the season. Menezes says that it is now time for Corinthians to concentrate on the current affairs alone and not worry about the future competitions.
There has already been talk of Corinthians repeating the success in recent years by winning the Copa Libertadores, but Menezes says that it is too early to talk about it. After winning the Copa Libertadores, the club managed to go on and win the FIFA Club World Cup by beating Chelsea in the final. It is regarded as one of the prestigious tournaments in the world. It is going to be difficult for the club to win the state championship since they are expected to sell their best players in this transfer window. The club is reportedly in debts of £ 10 million that is owed almost immediately to the creditors.
Menezes has admitted that he knew of the financial situation of the club before coming back.
“We have to keep winning. One semester is not enough. Speaking about the Libertadores is a little early, we have no place for it in this Championship. Let’s play the Paulista first. The Brasileirão is after the World Cup, but this (Paulista) can give us a possibility and then we focus on the Brasileirão. When my phone rings and calls are made for me to work, I have no idea how the finances of the club are,” said Menezes ahead of the first match of the season.