Brazilian head coach, Adenor 'Tite' Bacchi has made a surprising decision over his future by ending his stint after Qatar 2002.
Tite made a statement about his future much earlier than anticipated on a local TV program, "Redaçao SportTV".
"I'm going until the end of the World Cup. I have no reason to lie here. I have won everything in my career, the only thing missing is a Mundial."
This early crucial decision could be either motivating or demoralising his squad in the tournament. It could boost his team led by Neymar to fight like for the sixth title till their last breath. Yet, it could also be counter productive.
Judging from their last campaign in Russia 2018, Tite's team was far from impressive as they were shockingly beaten by Belgium 1-2 at the quarter final. It is the same stage they have only managed to reach since winning their fifth title in Japan-Korea 2002.
However, the former Corinthians boss did bounce back in the continental competition by clinching Copa America title in 2019 and being the runner up two years later. Brazil is also one of the first teams to seal the ticket to Qatar with six games left. He would also be the one of the few managers who is at the helm of Brazil in two consecutive world cup editions, beside Mario Zagallo and Tele Santana. Tite's reign will definitely be the longest spell in the Brazilian national team history. Yet, the question remains whether such is enough to lead them back for the triumphant campaign in Qatar. They will be facing a huge challenge against the European sides with their tactical prowess.
It would be interesting to see if the last non-European FIFA Club World Cup winning coach could deliver the ultimate victory in his final day taking charge of Neymar and Co, or end up in the same way as Tele Santana later at the end of the year. Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) will begin their search for his successor immediately, which would be considered challenging since there are barely any notable local head coaches available recently. Appointing foreign manager could be risky as it is unpopular option and may lead to a mass criticism.
The 60-year old manager has been in charge of Brazil since 2016 after their embarrassing failure in Copa America Centenario. He replaced Dunga and guided his team to qualify to Russia 2018 with unbeaten record in the last 12 games (10 wins and two draws). Tite is mostly well-known for his best years in Corinthians by winning Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup 2012, plus Copa Sundamericana 2008 with Internacional.