Over a third of the 32 2014 World Cup managers have departedby Jack Kitson / 15 July 2014, 09:42Tweet
The 32 day thrillfest has now come to an end, with Germany boss Joachim Low standing tall after leading his side to an historic fourth golden globe at the 2014 World Cup. The popular 54-year-old enjoyed a cracking tournament in charge of the immensely talented Die Mannschaft who will now be gunning to follow in the footsteps of Spain and kick-start a period of domination.
However, not all of the managers who jetted off to Brazil have enjoyed the same level of success, with an eye-popping 12 gaffers (as of 14/07/2014) leaving their position in the dugout. Shockingly the three highest paid managers in Brazil all exited the tournament in the group stages - Fabio Capello, Roy Hodgson and Cesare Prandelli- while the lowest paid boss - Mexico's eccentric Miguel Herrara - not only held Brazil to a goalless draw but led his side through to the last-16.
Below we scroll through each of the 12 managers who have departed following the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup.
Who Will Be Next To Go?
Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil)
Apart from a minor blip against Mexico, Luiz Felipe Scolari's men had enjoyed a decent World Cup…that is until the semi-finals when their world came crashing down against Germany. The simply staggering 7-1 defeat left the hosts in tatters, with the rampant Germans ruthlessly exposing their weaknesses, and dumping them out of their own tournament in a humiliating and unprecedented fashion. Scolari was unable to motivate his troops in the third place play-off, and has since become the latest World Cup casualty.
Louis van Gaal (Holland)
Louis van Gaal was at his colourful best in Brazil and despite failing to lead Holland to the Final he can look back on an impressive tournament with his head held high. The Dutchman will be fondly remembered for his bold decision to switch goalkeepers for the penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica, which proved to be a masterstroke. The experienced boss is huge personality in the mould of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, and Man Utd fans will now be eagerly awaiting his arrival at Old Trafford.
Sabri Lamouchi (Ivory Coast)
Big things were expected of Ivory Coast's "Golden Generation" who once again flopped at the World Cup. Didier Drogba and co fancied their chances of progressing out of a favourable Group C, but were prevented from doing so in virtually the last kick of their final match against Greece, who went through at their expense following an injury-time penalty. As a result Sabri Lamouchi resigned after two years at the helm.
Fernando Santos (Greece)
Fernando Santos led Greece out of Group C and into the knockout stages for the first time in the club's history. The Euro 2004 champions headed into the last-16 against Costa Rica with high hopes, however they failed to make the most of having an extra-time player for an hour, as they lost out on penalties. Santos has since stepped down after his contract expired, and also blasted his players for craving individual glory at the expense of what is best for the team.
Alberto Zaccheroni (Japan)
Japan endured a shocking tournament. The Asian outfit headed to Brazil confident of making an impact following a dominant qualification campaign, however they fell well short of their goals, and meekly departed at the group stages after picking up just a pitiful point. Italian Alberto Zaccheroni took full responsibility for his side's poor performance before opting to step down.
Cesare Prandelli (Italy)
In his first major tournament in charge of Italy Cesare Prandelli led his country through to the Final of Euro 2012. However, he failed to inspire a similar run in Brazil, with the Azzurri exiting at the group stages for the second World Cup in a row after losing to Costa Rica and Uruguay. The dismal defeats mean that the four-time winners finished third, despite winning their opening match against England, with Prandelli calling it a day shortly after.
Luis Fernando Suárez (Honduras)
Honduras were never expected to make it through to the knockout stages but they at least hoped to make life difficult for Group E opponents France, Switzerland and Ecuador. In the end they left empty handed after losing all three games, two of which were heavy defeats to France and Switzerland. Luis Fernando Surez's contract expired after their final game and he chose not to continue in his role in charge of the Central American outfit.
Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland)
Ottmar Hitzfeld drew the curtains on a glorious managerial career after Switzerland were pipped to the post by eventual finalists Argentina, who scored the winning goal in the 118th minute of their last-16 clash. ‘Der General' can look back on a glorious career during which he won a plethora of major trophies, including seven Bundesliga titles and two Champions League successes.
Stephen Keshi (Nigeria)
Stephen Keshi quit after Nigeria were knocked out by France in the second round. The African champions pushed the European outfit hard but heartbreakingly conceded twice in the final 11 minutes. However, they can look back on a decent tournament where they pushed Argentina all the way in the group stages, in a thrilling 3-2 defeat. Stephen Keshi was not offered a new contract, but is another boss who departs with his reputation intact.
Carlos Queiroz (Iran)
Iran may have only picked up one point in Brazil but they can look back on a decent tournament. Team Melli held Nigeria to a goalless draw in their opening match, before coming agonisingly close to conjuring up one of the most stunning results in recent memory against Argentina. However, it was not to be as Lionel Messi broke Iranian hearts by scoring a last-gasp winner. Iran headed into their final Group F game knowing that a win could send them through, however they lost to Bosnia, with boss Carlo Queiroz then handing in his resignation after citing a lack of financial backing from the government.
Vahid Halilhodzic (Algeria)
Vahid Halilhodzic bowed out on a high after leading Algeria through to the last-16 for the first time in their history. The highest ranked African nation then proceeded to take eventual winners Germany through to extra-time, before narrowly losing 2-1. It was a fantastic effort by Halilhodzic and his troops who held a titanic side (at the end of normal time) who would go on to thrash Brazil 7-1.
Hong Myung-bo (South Korea)
Similarly to neighbours Japan, South Korea endured a torrid time in South America. The 2002 semi-finalists also departed with only a point to their name as they finished rock-bottom of the eighth group. The team returned home to a hostile reception, with fans pelting toffees in their direction, which is a huge insult in Korea. Hong Myung-bo then resigned, and was very self-scathing, admitting that he made a number of errors at the tournament.
Managers looking nervously over their shoulder
Fabio Capello (Russia)
Fabio Capello's shocking record at international level continued after Russia flunked at the group stages. The 2018 hosts put on a meek display in Brazil as they suffered a shock early exit despite being handed a favourable group. Their failure to carve out a victory means that Capello has now won only one of his seven matches at the World Cup. The Russian FA now have a big decision to make.
Roy Hodgson (England)
Roy Hodgson has clung onto his job despite England's earliest exit since 1958. The Three Lions enjoyed an exciting start - despite losing to Italy - but miserably failed to build on their opening game as they went on to lost to Uruguay, and then failed to beat Costa Rica. Meanwhile England's meagre tally of just one point was their lowest ever in the group stages. Hodgson has received the full backing of the FA, although many feel that a change needs to be made.
Paulo Bento (Portugal)
Portugal were ruthlessly exposed by Germany in their opening game, while it took a last-gasp equaliser to rescue a point against the USA. Paolo Bento's troops then managed to beat Ghana but it was too little too late as they were hurled out before the knockout stages.
Volker Finke (Cameroon)
Cameroon had a complete and utter shocker in Brazil. The African outfit were one of only three teams that failed to pick up a single point as they suffered a rock-bottom finish in Group A. Many of the players showed indiscipline and a poor attitude, while the coach's tactics were questionable.