It's been the worst kept secret in A-League football for months, but today Wellington Phoenix confirmed coach Mark Rudan will quit the club at the end of the season.
Rudan has been linked with the new A-League side Western United since it was confirmed the Melbourne side would join the competition next season.
And he has repeatedly spoken of his homesickness at being apart from his family in Sydney while working in New Zealand.
He admitted in February: "When you're away from your wife and your loved ones, and from your family and friends, it's never easy.
"If I had thought it was going to be this hard, I probably wouldn't have taken it on."
Rudan has overseen a mostly turnaround around in Phoenix's fortunes this year, bringing out career-best performances in many of his squad.
The club currently sits fifth in the league, with 10 wins this season, and just one point behind Adelaide United with two games left to play before the finals.
Confirming his exit this morning, Rudan said that making the decision to leave was an extremely difficult one.
"This has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my career," he said. "I came here wanting a project I could sink my teeth into and really make a difference to our sport.
"I’ve said it before, this football club is special. There are wonderful people here that make this club what it is. The people of Wellington and New Zealand have truly embraced me. I thank all the supporters, corporate partners and the entire football club on having such great belief in me.
"The staff and facilities here in Wellington include some of the best medical, strength and conditioning professionals in the A-League.
"I believe the Academy is the most successful in the entire A-League, given all the players who have come through go onto bigger things - and what’s even more exciting is the possibility of expansion with a new development in Upper Hutt.
"But as I’ve made mention previously, family is up most of importance to me. I am a husband and a father first and a football coach second.
“The past few weeks I have worked closely with the club trying to find a solution but ultimately it was something that could not be resolved.