Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat will leave the club at the conclusion of their season following Wednesday's Asian Champions League match against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, according to a report.
The Age says Muscat will lead Victory as their ACL campaign draws to a close with the dead rubber against the Japanese team, but will step down once official commitments are completed.
The decision is understood to have been building for a number of weeks, even before Victory crashed out of the A-League semi finals after a 6-1 loss to Sydney FC, with the belief that mutual split between the manager and club will benefit both parties.
It is believed that Muscat doesn't have another job lined up and instead wants some time away from the game before making his next career decision, while Victory could get a new lease of life under a new manager, with their current coach having been in charge of the club since taking over from Ange Postecoglou in 2013.
Muscat has been at Victory for the entirety of its existence, first joining the club as captain for their inaugural season in 2005 before becoming an playing assistant coach in 2009 and continuing in that role solely once he retired two years later.
The 45-year-old captained Victory to two grand final wins in 2007 and 2009, and then coached the club to two championships in 2015 and 2018 - while also guiding the team to the FFA Cup title in 2015.