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In terms of a black mark on a resume, it wouldn't come much more damning than masterminding a failed attempt by Mexico to reach the World Cup after seven straight qualifications.
Jose Manuel de la Torre has already been fired, so he won't be overseeing the critical final stages of the Mexican campaign, but he couldn't have left El Tri in a much worse state.
A stunning 2-1 loss at home to Honduras was the straw that broke the camel's back as far as de la Torre's tenure was concerned, but pundits were left wondering why the hapless manager wasn't jettisoned before the situation became so desperate.
Kyle McCarthy pondered this very question in his column on Fox Soccer:
For reasons beyond the comprehension of the Mexican public, José Manuel de la Torre received chance after chance to prove he could lead Mexico out of its protracted tailspin and into the World Cup.
De la Torre somehow lurched from disaster to disaster this year without prompting his own demise. The direction of the overall project took precedence over the instant results as the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) attempted to find stability where chaos usually reigned.
After a predictable loss to the United States in new coach Luis Fernando Tena's first match in charge, Mexico are in dire straits as far as their qualifying chances are concerned.
With two matches remaining, they sit fifth in the CONCACAF table, with only the top three qualifying for the World Cup automatically, and the fourth placed side taking on Oceania champs New Zealand in a two-legged playoff.
Whether Mexico crash and burn, or Tena manages to save the day and guide them to the big show in Brazil, de la Torre won't come out of the whole situation looking great.