Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari lamented a "disaster in six minutes" in their World Cup semi-final hammering to Germany but insisted his future would not be decided until after the tournament.
Following their 7-1 mauling in Belo Horizonte Scolari has to lift his players for the third-place play-off at the weekend.
And while he stressed only after that game would his destiny be decided it appears inconceivable the 65-year-old coach who oversaw his country's biggest defeat since their 1920 6-0 loss to Uruguay will remain in his post.
"We had a disaster in six minutes but it happened. Let's work for Saturday's game," Scolari, referring to Germany's four goals in a manic first-half spell, told a press conference.
"If I could explain what happened in those six minutes I would answer but I do not know.
"The crash was also the coaching staff, the fans, it was overall, no one understood, and the team from Germany, which is good, took the opportunity.
"I cannot explain, I will not justify. An error occurred and this error was fatal.
"We can lose by one or two but we lost in a way that we had never done before in the history of Brazilian football.
"But the tournament was not all bad. We had a bad defeat.
"We (coaching staff) have a deal with the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) until the game on Saturday and after that, probably, we will have a conversation to sort some things out."