Phil Scolari is used to criticism. After all, he’s been manager of Brazil, a role where the world and his wife have something to say about the way the national team should be managed. Nevertheless, he won the World Cup with his compatriots, and also did a pretty good job of managing Portugal. According to most people anyway…
Setanta report that this doesn’t include a goalkeeper named Vitor Baia, who isn’t a big fan of the Chelsea manager. It might have something to do with the fact that ‘Big Phil’ axed him from the Portuguese set-up, perhaps he has a right to be offended when you saw the state of Ricardo’s performances, especially against Germany!
“He’s a coward because he never had the courage of publically saying the reasons why he pulled me out of Portugal,” Baia told radio Renascenca.
“The situation I experienced with the selection is something that makes me very sad, most of all for not having discussed things with him face-to-face.
“I believe Scolari will never take the decision of saying publically what happened.”
Strange one this, why indeed should the Chelsea manager have justified his decision not to pick Baia? A manager has a finite number of places available and, if they had to confirm in public the reasoning behind why certain players weren’t involved, then someone like Rafael Benitez would have no time left to coach the side.