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The S.League's highest profile coach to date is looking to seal an imminent move to PTT Rayong in the Thai Premier League with Roy O'Donovan targetted by BEC Tero

As the S.League nears its halfway mark, leaders Brunei DPMM look certain to see the biggest departures of the season so far.

Goal understands that Head Coach Steve Kean who signed for DPMM at the start of the season is now set for a surprise move to another Southeast Asian nation, with Thailand being the destination.

The former Blackburn Rovers boss has led the Bruneian club to an impressive 10-point lead in the S.League this season, boasting just one defeat and a draw, and conceding only six goals from 12 games.

Kean's turnaround of DPMM into title-contenders has evidently caught the attention of struggling Thai Premier League side PTT Rayong, who Goal can confirm have pencilled the 46-year-old Scot in as replacement for Peter Withe.

Former England international Withe has been with the Rayong club since 2014 but PTT Rayong have floundered in the Thai Premier League, managing just one win from 12 league matches, leaving them third from bottom in the 20-team division.

Sources close to Goal have confirmed that Withe's fate was already hanging in the balance and failure to win the next game against Chainat Hornbill on Sunday will see the immediate dismissal of the former Thailand national team coach.

However, Kean is understood to be making a trip to Thailand next week to meet with representatives of PTT Rayong, regardless of the outcome of Sunday's match. He is believed to have been on a one-year deal with Brunei DPMM.

Meanwhile the S.League's second highest goalscorer this season, Roy O'Donovan, also of Brunei DPMM is also being targetted by a Thai club. Goal understands that BEC Tero Sasana are keen to bring on the freescoring Irishman who has found the net 11 times so far this season.

DPMM beat Albirex Niigata 2-1 on Wednesday night with goals from Rodrigo Tosi and O'Donovan. They next take on fellow title-chasers, Warriors FC in a top-of-the-table showdown on May 22 at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

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