Under-pressure Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce is set to be backed by the club's City Football Group owners and surprisingly be handed a contract extension.
Despite speculation the out-of-contract English manager wouldn't have his deal renewed at season's end, The World Game is reporting the 54-year-old is expected to be given one more campaign to lift City's fortunes.
The English manager has endured a tough season with City - falling out with fans during the tension and subsequent departure of supporter favourite Bruno Fornaroli, while battling their way to a top six position with an often dour style of football.
Sixth-placed City can still finish fourth and earn a home final with the two teams above them, Wellington and Adelaide United, struggling as the regular season draws to a close.
City travels to the Phoenix this weekend before finishing off their home-and-away campaign with a match against wooden spooners Central Coast at AAMI Park.
Joyce is currently in his second season in charge after leading City to a third-place finish in 2017-18 - but was eliminated at the semi-final stage by Newcastle Jets.
He has come under fire this campaign for the perceived lack of attacking football played by his City team, who have only won two of their last 10 A-League matches.