While Brazil’s preparation for the World Cup on home soil gathers pace with a series of impressive wins under ‘Big Phil’ Scolari, the man he replaced could find himself in the football wilderness.
Mano Menezes was derided as dour and overly defensive during his two-year stint as coach of the Selecao.
When he was sacked, the five-time world champions were considered the laughing stock of South American football, and had plummeted to their lowest Fifa ranking.
There were real fears that the most successful football nation in history could follow South Africa, who became the first host nation to fail to make it out of the group stage at the World Cup in 2010.
Menzes was given a football lifeline by Brazil’s best supported club Flamengo four months ago, but he did not last long in the hot seat.
After five wins, six draws and six defeats, and with Flamengo mired in 15th spot in the league, Menezes has walked out on the club.
The catalyst was Flamengo’s 4-2 home loss to to Atletico Paranaense on Thursday night.
They had been cruising at 2-0, only to implode and slump to demoralising defeat.
After the match, Menezes confirmed that his second successive lacklustre tenure as a coach had come to an unflattering end.
"I told the club that I'm no longer coach of Flamengo," Menezes said.
"I felt that after four months, I wasn't able to transmit to the team the way I think about football.
"When a coach feels that his team is stagnating and things are repeating themselves and he has to keep saying the same things over and over again, then he is the one who has to go.
"As I felt things were no longer going they way they should, I took this difficult decision, which is unprecedented in my career."