Luis Enrique could be set for the exit door at Barcelona after an angry bust-up following PSG defeat
But the 4-0 drubbing by PSG at the Parc de Princes on Tuesday night in the first leg of their round of 16 tie is the beginning of the end for coach Luis Enrique.
The former Barcelona player will not be offered a new contract at the end of the season and may not even see out his current deal after having to be restrained in an angry bust-up with a television journalist in Paris after the game.
While accepting fully the blame for the abject defeat, Enrique was riled by the "tone" of his Spanish inquisitor, TV3's Jordi Grau.
"I'm responsible for this so don't look for anyone else to blame," he stormed.
Lionel Messi dejected during Barcelona's 4-0 loss to PSG
"But I don't like the tone and I would have liked the same treatment all the times we have won that I am getting tonight when we haven't."
Then, according to another reporter who witnessed the altercation, the Barcelona coach tried to take things further once the camera had stopped rolling.
"Three people had to hold Luis Enrique back because he was going for Jordi Grau again," said Atresmedia reporter Susana Guasch.
"Enrique was saying 'Don't touch me! Don't touch me!' and said 'Let's see if you use that tone again when we win'."
PSG star Angel Di Maria scores his second goal during the 4-0 win over Barcelona
This is not the first Champions League embarrassment Barcelona have suffered since Pep Guardiola left the club.
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In his only season in charge, replacement Tito Vilanova suffered a 7-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.
He had at least tried to continue the open, attacking style of football developed in Guardiola's heyday – much of the antagonism Enrique experienced in the immediate aftermath of the PSG defeat is frustration at the more prosaic football Nou Camp followers have had to accept this season.
Even Lionel Messi was a peripheral figure on Tuesday and Neymar's endeavours to make an impact were always going to fall flat when he was so isolated.
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Enrique claims he tried to change things but the absence of the fighting spirit he showed as a player in his team has left room for his tactical nous to be questioned.
It is more than 14 years since Louis Van Gaal became the most recent Barcelona coach to lose his job mid-season.
Provided there are no ramifications from his behaviour after the match, the chances are Enrique will see out his tenure.
But a few CVs are being dusted off ahead of the summer. Despite Tuesday's results, this remains one of the greatest managerial jobs in Europe.