Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will leave a decision on his future to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) after his team ended the World Cup with another disappointing defeat.
The host nation were soundly beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands in the third-place play-off match in Brasilia to complete a miserable week for the team and the fans.
The result means Brazil conceded 10 goals in their last two games of the tournament, leaving a question mark over the future of Scolari as head coach.
Scolari not resigning won't go down well with many in #BRA. Lots of anger at catastrophic end to World Cup and his belligerent approach.— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) July 12, 2014
But the Brazil boss will leave any decision on his role to the CBF, although he believes changing managers is not the answer to the team's problems, as Ben Hayward of Goal.com reported.
After being asked about his position after the loss to the Netherlands, Scolari is quoted as saying:
Now is not the time to talk about that.
I'll put together my report and tell the [CBF] president what I think went wrong and he will decide what he wants for the future. We have lost another match, but life goes on.
A year ago, I won the Confederations Cup. It's nothing to do with the coaches. The thing is that we have a very young team.
We are not producing enough players, so it's not as simple as another coach coming in to recycle things.
Brazil opened their World Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over Croatia, but their 0-0 draw with Mexico in the next Group A match came as a surprise.
However, the wheels came off Brazil's campaign in the semi-final against Germany after the team narrowly won through the knockout stages against Chile and Colombia.
Hopes were high that the host nation could lift a sixth World Cup on home soil ahead of the last-four tie in Sao Paulo.
But the 7-1 loss to Joachim Low's team was an embarrassing end to Brazil's tournament, with the Germans reaching half-time with a five-goal advantage.
On Saturday, however, CBF president-elect Marco Polo Del Nero told Brazilian newspaper Estado de Sao Paul newspaper that Scolari should stay on, as the Press Association noted (via FIFA.com).
Del Nero is quoted as saying:
To me, he stays.
What happened was a tactical error. That was the problem. But we all make mistakes. It can happen to anyone.
The important thing is that he did a good job. The campaign and the preparations were good. A base exists.
However, the nature of the defeats—especially to Germany—will have come as a major blow to Scolari's pride.
Meanwhile, Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar admitted his time in the international fold is at an end after the defeat to the Netherlands, as AFP reported via FIFA.com.
But after winning his 87th cap in the loss to the Netherlands, the 34-year-old conceded his time with the national team is at an end.
Cesar is quoted as saying:
This is probably my last World Cup.
To play at the Copa America in 2015, at the age of 35, would be quite complicated.
To go there without having the 2018 World Cup in mind would be selfish on my part.
The time has come for other goalkeepers and I think Brazil has seven or eight who are quite capable of pulling on the national jersey.