The future of key £75m Newcastle United duo impacted as official announcement planned

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The decision will impact Newcastle United pair Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton.

Newcastle United stars Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton are set for a new manager at international level.

Brazil announced they had parted company with caretaker Fernando Diniz on Friday after just two victories from six games. Three consecutive defeats to Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay has left Selecao sixth in their 2026 World Cup qualifying table - the final automatic qualifying spot.

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Dorival Junior will succeed Diniz after stepping down as Sao Paulo manager over the weekend.

Newcastle United pair Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Newcastle United pair Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Newcastle United pair Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) are yet to confirm Dorival's appointment but he and both Sao Paulo confirmed the move in a goodbye message. He said: “The realisation of a personal dream, which was only possible because I received recognition for the work carried out in Sao Paulo.”

Brazil have been without a permanent manager since the 2022 World Cup when Tite resigned following their quarter-final defeat by Croatia. Under-20s coach Ramon Menezes took charge before Diniz was appointed. Diniz handed Joelinton his first senior national cap while Guimaraes was a regular.

Dorival's first matches in charge of Brazil will be friendlies in March against England and Spain, where the Magpies pair will hope to be involved.

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The 61-year-old has managed the likes of Atletico Mineiro, Athletico Paranaense, Internacional, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense and Palmeiras, as well as leading Flamengo to the Copa Libertadores title and the Brazilian Cup in 2022 before joining Sao Paulo, whom he guided to their first Brazilian Cup last year.

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