Coach Kevin Muscat is reported to ready to leave Melbourne Victory after their final match of the season next week.
Muscat will lead last season's A-League Champions against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday in the club's final Asian Champions League match.
But the man who has been captain, assistant coach and head coach of the club is widely expected to part company with Victory after that game.
Muscat has been associated with Victory for 15 years but is understood to want some time clear of the game to reload for the next phase of his career.
The coach, who has one year left on his contract, led the team to Grand Final success last season against Newcastle Jets.
They finished third in the league this season and beat Wellington Phoenix to reach the semi-finals, but they were then crushed 6-1 by Big Blue rivals Sydney FC last weekend.
Victory have done poorly in the Asian Champions League, picking up just one point from their five games so far in Group F.
Their last two away games in the ACL have produced 4-0 defeats, against Guangzhou Evergrande and Daegu FC.
Wednesday's match will be against a Hiroshima side who have already secured their place in the knockout phase with four wins from five matches.
It will be the last match for captain Carl Valeri, who is retiring.
Muscat was the first player signed for Victory by inaugural coach Ernie Merrick ahead of the 2005-06 season, and captained the club to Grand Final victories in 2007 and 2009.
He has been in charge of the club for more 200 games since taking the job in October 2013.
Meanwhile, this season's minor premiers Perth Glory are 7/10 to win the A-League Grand Final.
The Glory are 11/8 to win in 90 minutes, with Sydney FC 2/1 and the draw 12/5.
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