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For Better or For Worse?

The 2010 World Cup has seen its share of failures and fairytales, and following each team’s elimination the futures of the managers have been under immediate scrutiny. Some nations exceeded expectations, while others failed to meet them – so which bosses live to fight another day?



Fabio Capello will continue as England manager despite their second-round elimination in South Africa.

Netherlands – Bert van Marwijk – Final

Guiding Netherlands to their third World Cup final should be sufficient to secure Van Marwijk’s job, especially when you consider their 2-1 victory over five-time champions Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Spain – Vicente del Bosque – Final

Del Bosque has built on the success achieved by Luis Aragones and taken Spain to their first World Cup title. With a squad containing talents such as David Villa, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, the 59-year-old will be sitting pretty at the end of the tournament.

Uruguay – Oscar Tabarez – Semi-finals

As the surprise package of the 2010 World Cup, Tabarez’s Uruguay were narrowly beaten in the last four by the impressive Netherlands. Their quarter-final win over Ghana will live long in the memory, and Tabarez will take plenty of credit for his team’s gutsy performances.

Paraguay – Gerardo Martino – Quarter-finals

After a respectable World Cup campaign, Martino’s contract expired, but after a week in which to consider his future he announced that he would staying on until the 2011 Copa America tournament.

England – Fabio Capello – Second round

His reputation was ripped apart by a dismal showing, but the FA’s decision to remove a get-out clause a week before the tournament means he will stay as it cannot afford the £12 million severance package

Serbia – Radomir Antic – Group stage

Antic believes his team’s 1-0 victory over Germany should ensure he keeps his job. Although he may wish to continue as Serbia coach, he may be forced to accept a cut in his £1.2 million salary.

Slovenia – Matjaz Kek – Group stage

Kek’s side came within seconds of advancing to the second round only to be denied by USA’s last-gasp winner against Algeria. Despite their disappointment, Slovenia far from disgraced themselves in South Africa and Kek’s position should be secure.

Switzerland – Ottmar Hitzfeld – Group stage

Hitzfeld has confirmed he will stay as Swiss coach, as long as he is wanted by the fans. After a shock win over Spain, defeat to Chile and a limp goalless draw with Honduras, opinion will be well and truly divided on his future.

Honduras- Reinaldo Rueda – Group stage

After defeats to Chile and Spain, Honduras avoided the shame of heading home without a point after a goalless draw with Switzerland. Expectations were low heading into the tournament, and they were duly met. Rueda should be safe.


Dunga came under heavy pressure for his conservative tactics
Brazil – Dunga – Quarter-finals

Unpopular before the tournament, anything but bringing the trophy back to Brazil would’ve been a failure for Dunga. After their quarter-final exit at the hands of Netherlands, the writing was on the wall for the Seleção’s former captain. But he had always said he would quit.

South Korea – Huh Jung-Moo – Second round

Following Huh’s announcement prior to the tournament that he was to step aside as coach, South Korea have had time to plan for his departure. A shortlist has now been drawn up of a dozen Koreans who could potentially take his place.

Mexico – Javier Aguirre – Second round

Aguirre resigned as Mexico boss following his team’s failure to reach the last eight in South Africa, saying it was, “the most honest thing to do.” Mexico are now looking for their sixth coach in four years.

Japan – Takeshi Okada – Second round

Okada announced before the World Cup he would be leaving his position and retiring to become a farmer. Having watched his team play their way to the second round, Okada can plough his fields content in the knowledge he performed his duties adequately.

Ivory Coast – Sven-Goran Eriksson – Group stage

Hardly value for money – $3 million for ten weeks in charge and three poor matches – Eriksson has walked away with his bank balance yet again enriched without achieving anything to shout about.

South Africa – Carlos Alberto Parreira – Group stage

When his contract expires at the end of July, Parreira will head back to Brazil to consider his future. After managing the first host nation to be knocked out in the first round of a World Cup, he is unlikely to return as Bafana Bafana coach.

Greece – Otto Rehhagel – Group stage

Rehhagel ended his nine-year spell as Greece coach by resigning after their elimination. After leaving South Africa on a low, the German coach can always look back on the unbelievable highs of Greece’s Euro 2004 triumph.

Italy – Marcello Lippi – Group stage

Entering the tournament as champions, Italy left South Africa having finished bottom of a group containing New Zealand. With the Azzurri’s ageing squad failing so dismally, Lippi stepped down and former Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli has stepped into the breach to lead a much-needed overhaul.

Cameroon – Paul Le Guen – Group stage

Simply put, Cameroon had a torrid time in South Africa. Defeated in all three games, Le Guen also made the baffling decision to play Samuel Eto’o on the right wing. After such a poor campaign, Le Guen was bound to be Le Gone.

Australia – Pim Verbeek – Group stage

Verbeek will leave his post and will do so after a disappointing tournament. Publicly criticised by Socceroos’ striker Josh Kennedy, his reign has ended on a sour note and he leaves to take up the role of national youth technical director for Morocco.


Germany – Joachim Low – Semi-finals

Low’s team were far and away the most entertaining team in South Africa and he has been awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit for his side’s achievement. But he has said that he needs a few days off to consider whether to continue with Die Mannschaft and as previous negotiations have been tricky, Germany fans won’t be counting their chickens just yet.

Argentina – Diego Maradona – Quarter-finals

It has been announced Maradona will be the man to decide whether or not he continues as Argentina coach. After his squad flattered to deceive in a limp quarter-final exit to Germany, will El Diego have the heart to give it another go?

Ghana – Milovan Rajevac – Quarter-finals

Rajevac will look back on this World Cup with pride having led Ghana to within a penalty kick of the semi-finals. With rumours of a lucrative offer from Al Sadd in Qatar, the Black Stars will struggle to hold onto their Serbian coach.

Portugal – Carlos Queiroz – Second round

Portugal limped through their World Cup qualifying campaign, and headed home having only managed to find the net in one game, against North Korea. Combined with Cristiano Ronaldo’s South Africa no-show, Queiroz will be lucky to get a second chance – although the signs are that he might.

Chile – Marcelo Bielsa – Second round

After seeing his side beaten by Brazil, Bielsa would not be drawn on his future as Chile coach. Their vibrant attacking football won them admirers during the group stage, and Bielsa will be keen to develop talents such as Alexis Sanchez, so he may stay.

USA – Bob Bradley – Second round

Bradley made the not-so-cryptic comment of saying he “always enjoys new challenges” following USA’s defeat to Ghana. He has been linked with a move to Fulham but having moulded the Stars and Stripes into a respected unit, fans will be hoping his new challenge is qualification for Brazil 2014.

Slovakia- Vladimir Weiss – Second round

Appearing in their first World Cup as an independent nation, Slovakia produced a major shock to defeat Italy and make it to the second round. Weiss has a promising batch of youngsters in his squad (including his son) and will surely want to see how they can develop over the next four years.

New Zealand – Ricki Herbert – Group stage

It seemed impossible prior to the tournament, but somehow New Zealand managed to leave South Africa unbeaten. Herbert may now face a choice between coaching the All Whites or continuing as the boss of A-League side Wellington Phoenix, as a dual role could be out of the question.

Nigeria – Lars Lagerback – Group stage

Nigerian football has been in turmoil since they were knocked out in South Africa. With the government attempting to stop the national team playing altogether, the Swede who oversaw their failure was offered a renewed two-year deal and is making his mind up.

North Korea – Kim Jong-Hun – Group stage

North Korea lost all three of their games in South Africa, although having been grouped with Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast this was hardly surprising. They may have been hammered 7-0 by Portugal, but a battling 2-1 defeat to Brazil could be enough to keep Kim Jong-Hun in the job.

Denmark – Morten Olsen – Group stage

After a decade in the Denmark hot seat, Morten Olsen may feel it’s finally time to relinquish his position. Denmark looked lively at times in South Africa, until they were soundly beaten by Japan and he has already said there must be improvements.

Algeria – Rabah Saadane – Group stage

Speaking after their defeat to USA, Saadane claimed a lot of people would like to see him leave. Having finished bottom of Group C, with one point and without scoring a goal, he might find himself leaving the post for the fifth time in his managerial career.

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Posted by Zoe on July 12, 2010.

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