While Australian football fans aren't renowned for their cool heads under pressure, there is a growing swell of momentum on social media for Graham Arnold to relinquish the Socceroos role, less than a year after succeeding Bert van Marwijk.
The defending Asian Cup champions slumped out at the quarter final stage against a valiant United Arab Emirates, who despite a determined and largely dominant display by the Aussies, will feel they deserved the victory.
But while the Socceroos performances throughout the competition - a 1-0 loss to Jordan, 3-0 win against Palestine, 3-2 win against Syria, a penalties progression against Uzbekistan after a 0-0 draw and finally a 1-0 loss to the UAE - will take longer to properly analyse, the reaction from many on social media was swift and merciless.
Couldn’t score against Jordan, Uzbekistan & UAE...we’ll be lucky to make next World Cup #ArnoldOut— Willo (@willsant87) 25 January 2019
Thanks Arnie for the 3-0 win against Palestine, but it's time to go #ArnoldOut— Lou (@LouM567) 25 January 2019
I was gobsmacked when we went with him. He failed abysmally the first time and was never remotely close to Ange as a coach. It’s like hiring your unqualified drinking buddy to do your taxes because he’s a top bloke and he’ll do it for beers. #arnoldout— CWB (@the_real_cwb) 25 January 2019
But while largely drowned out by an upswell of frustrated Socceroos fans, angry at not only Australia's results, but their repetitive reliance on crosses, inconsistent defending and often listless attacking interplay, there were bright moments of optimism - largely coming from supportive footballers and pundits.
We’ve got a lot of work to do if we want to have any chance of going to the World Cup #socceroos— Oz Football Gossip⚽ (@OzFootbalGossip) 25 January 2019
That was a decent half from the @Socceroos. Ikonomidis and Grant doing very well.— Philip Micallef (@MicallefPhilip) 25 January 2019