Speculation is growing that Melbourne Victory are set to appoint caretaker coach Jim Magilton to the full-time role.
The Northern Irishman has led Victory to a win just once in 10 matches since taking over after Mehmet Durakovic's sacking in January, with the club's A-League finals chances belatedly snuffed out in Saturday's disappointing 1-0 loss to Sydney FC.
But despite his poor record, former Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich manager Magilton appears likely to get the chance to claim the job past the 2011-12 season according to the Herald Sun.
Should he be successful in landing the role, Magilton will orchestrate a clear-out of the club's aging squad list, placing the futures of several long-term players in doubt.
Magilton brought in loan signings Mark Milligan and Ubay Luzardo since taking over, but was frustrated by his inability to make further changes during the transfer window and has been outspoken in his belief the club's squad needs refreshing.