World Cup 2014 has reached a decisive week in terms of qualification for the knockout stages and a result failing managers are being forced to fall on their sword, or least seek the dreaded vote of confidence from forgiving national associations to maintain their position after falling short of a place in the last 32.
The last 24 hours have been a prime example of just how brutal international management can be, with four years of planning and top jobs ultimately decided by the most minute detail or even sheer luck.
Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi was one coach who showed that the line between success and failure is very thin indeed, coming within just a single minute of guiding the African nation into the knockout stages for the first in their history.
Lamouchi was thwarted though and in agonising fashion, with Giovanni Sio clipping Georgios Samaras in the penalty area and allowing the Greece striker to dust himself down and deliver a fatal blow to their last-16 dream from the penalty spot.
Just prior to that heartbreaking moment for the African giants Italy manager Cesare Prandelli walked away from a contract worth a whopping £2.75m-a-year, after failing to lead the Azzurri out of the group stages following a controversial 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.
Prandelli viewed his performance as below the required standard and ultimately took responsible for Italian failure, but try telling some of his contemporaries on massive money to do the same.
To give you an example of just how much Prandelli picked up in comparison to some of his rivals, the Costa Rica boss who edged him out Jose Luis Pinto currently earns £262,000, less than a 10th of the salary previously picked up by a man he edged 1-0 to guarantee shock qualification from Group D.
Prandelli definitely fits comfortably inside the top 10 highest earning managers at the World Cup despite his untimely departure, but can you guess who else rivals the immensely experienced Fabio Capello for top spot?
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