The axe has finally fallen on Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi, following his side's 1-0 loss to Wellington, reports emerged Saturday night.
The club is expected to make the announcement on Sunday morning with the moving coming while Melbourne Heart are understood to be under takeover talks.
With the sacking of Aloisi, if takeover talks are as close to completion as suggested in various Melbourne media outlets, it would allow the new owners a fresh start, all be it six points away from the second last team in the league.
Melbourne Heart have suffered 17 matches without a win as they have struggled yet again in the 2013-14 season, now winless in 11 months.
There were crisis meetings in the Heart board room following the loss, and are understood to have been in meetings almost all day on Saturday, discussing the takeover and Aloisi's future.
Friday's match saw Aloisi face questioning again about whether he will resign after yet another loss, prompting some more angry reactions from the Heart manager.
John Aloisi angrily denied that he won't be resigning "I won't quit", said the former Socceroo, but he didn't deny that it could be an option that the board would dismiss him.
There will be plenty of speculation about who could come in to replace Aloisi as the manager at the Melbourne club, with former manager, John van't Schip who has been advising the club in an uncredited Director of Football style role.
The other contender for Aloisi's job could be his assistant Gerard Nus, who had previously served as an assistant fitness coach at Liverpool and a development assistant at lower league Brighton and Hove Albion before joining the Heart.
Training was cancelled for the Heart on Saturday following the loss as Aloisi was called to account for his side's poor run of form in his tenure.
John Aloisi will have plenty of comfort low, being dismissed early from his three year contract means the club will have to cough up around $200,000 as compensation for Aloisi, whose coaching career lies in tatters following his poor performance with Heart.
Aloisi has been in charge of the Heart for 39 matches, winning just eight and managing seven draws, with 24 losses.