As World Cup qualifying groups become clearer with more matches played, countries will be looking to stabilise their line-ups and improve chemistry between players.
Obviously, the man to bring about this chemistry and stability will be each team’s manager.
The last thing a country wants at this point is questions or uncertainty with their coach. However, such is the game, that inevitably coaches will be questioned (or fired) between now and June 2014. Here are three countries with managers who are walking a tightrope heading into the final qualifying matches.
1) Mexico- Jose Manuel de la Torre/Luis Fernando Teña
“Chepo” was the first casualty on the managerial hotseat. A dismal run that has seen Mexico manage only one victory, de la Torres has been treading a fine line for months.
The proverbial final straw came Friday where Mexico lost at home to Honduras. After the los El Tri now sits fourth in CONCACAF qualifying, which is only good enough for an Intercontinental berth or a World Cup spot.
How long interim boss Teña maintains the job is yet to be seen. Needless to say, he will have to vastly improve results if he stands any chance of keeping the position.
2) Ireland- Giovanni Trapattoni
A heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Sweeden on Friday effectively ended the Boys in Green’s hope of qualifying for World Cup 2014.
Il Trap has been at the help for Ireland for 5 years, but even he has admitted that his time is likely coming to an end. Former Sunderland boss Martin O’Neil is already bookkeeper’s favourite to replace the Italian.
3) France – Didier Deschamps
France will likely make the World Cup; however, this does not mean that former French International is guaranteed his managerial position heading to Brazil.
It is looking increasingly likely France will have to go through a playoff to make it to the World Cup, as Spain begins to separate from the rest of the Group.
France’s current run of form under Deschamps, four wins out of eleven matches is the worst on record. Adding speculation, the team the team is currently in their worst goal scoring drought in history, having failed to score in the last five matches. Deschamps needs to find a reliable striker and improve results if he hopes to keep his job.
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