Former Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick has resigned as head coach of Hong Kong after less than a year in the job, with a football official saying that the relationship "clearly wasn't working".
Merrick, 59, quit the more than $250,000 a year post after falling foul of internal HKFA politics, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday.
It quoted Hong Kong Football Association chief executive Mark Sutcliffe as saying: "The outcome is the best possible way forward.
"It was clear to both parties that the relationship wasn't working. But we have to put this behind us and move forward."
Merrick had publicly clashed with football officials, while results on the pitch were no better. Hong Kong suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Malaysia in a friendly earlier this month.
Merrick's position is likely to be filled by South Korean Kim Pan-Gon, the former Hong Kong and South China coach who is at present academy coach, the SCMP reported.
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