In the end, he refused to jump, so he was pushed.
Hours after Mexico head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre refused to resign following his team's 2-1 loss to Honduras -- El Tri's second-ever capitulation in a World Cup qualifier and the first time since 2001 -- the Mexican Soccer Federation (FMF) announced that he had been fired after two and a half years in the job.
A short statement on the FMF website explained that the decision was that of federation president Justino Compean, and that de la Torre's highly-experienced assistant, Luis Fernando Tena, would fill in.
Mexico plays the United States on Tuesday. El Tri, in 4th place in the six-team "Hexagonal" fourth round, has not won a World Cup qualifying match of any kind in the United States since a CONCACAF Championship qualification game in 1972.