Now Sydney FC have sacked coach Frank Farina, a decision on the future of star skipper Alessandro Del Piero must be soon to follow.
The A-League club announced they were parting ways with Farina after a board meeting on Wednesday.
The move comes four days after the Sky Blues’ rollercoaster campaign ended with a 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory in their knockout finals clash.
Chief executive Tony Pignata said on Tuesday a decision on Del Piero was also imminent, explaining the Italian veteran – who turns 40 in November – was still to decide if he wants to play on.
Whether Del Piero remains at the club or not may impact the kind of coach the club attracts with the likes of former Central Coast coach Graham Arnold, who has consistently opposed the idea of marquee players, strongly linked to the role.
Farina’s future at the club was said to be dependant on Sydney securing a top-four finish.
The Sky Blues ended their season just two points adrift of that goal in fifth, two positions higher than last year.
Farina had been at the helm since taking over from Ian Crook during the first half of last season.
He was club’s seventh full-time coach in what has been a revolving door since the inaugural 2005-06 A-League season.
“Frank joined us as coach in a difficult period last season and has always given his absolute dedication and commitment to the club,” club chairman Scott Barlow said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Frank has shown great integrity and resolve in what has been often challenging circumstances this year.
“I would like to pay tribute to Frank for his professionalism and wish him well for the future.”
Arnold has been seen in demand since recently parting ways with Japanese club Vegalta Sendai, seen as a contender for the Sydney FC coaching role and also being heavily courted by the Newcastle Jets.
The championship-winning mentor has also rejected an approach from Perth Glory, who on Tuesday appointed Kenny Lowe as their head coach.
Arnold has already been a target for Sydney FC in the past but the coach knocked them back in 2012 in favour of staying on at the Mariners.
Should Arnold end up at the Sky Blues, he’ll have the opportunity to rebuild the side with no less than 10 players off contract for next season.
Pignata would not be drawn on who Sydney were looking at as Farina’s replacement, with reports they may extend their search abroad.
“We have only just made the announcement about Frank,” Pignata told AAP on Wednesday.
“So at the moment we haven’t even thought about who we’re targeting or anything like that.
“There’s going to be a lot of speculation out there, but we’ll just let them speculate, but we’re not making any comment on it right now.”