Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has been asked to make his coaching intentions clear after he was linked to a big-money move to Chinese football.
The ongoing circus around Postecoglou's future threatens to derail preparations for November's do-or-die World Cup qualifiers with Honduras.
A report last week that the Asian Cup winning coach was going to quit the national team - even if he guides Australia to the 2018 tournament - has sparked anxiety ahead of the playoff.
High-profile critic and former Socceroo winger Robbie Slater urged Postecoglou to see out the campaign despite reports Chinese Super League (CSL) outfit Shanghai Shenhua could offer him a $A3.8 million deal.
"No, you don't go there. You're national coach, you stay until it's done," Slater told Sky Sports Radio on Tuesday.
"We're talking about our country and a commitment and (if) you make all the statements you have, then you stay.
"If you are going to go, tell us. Be honest. That's the only thing I'm accusing him of - not giving the finality of whatever decision has been made."
Should it come to pass, Postecoglou would be moving to a league he's denigrated both publicly and privately.
Last year, he said the A-League was "ahead" of the CSL "in the overall intensity and tempo ... and general level of the game".
On Monday, FFA chief David Gallop conceded the debate over Postecoglou's future was less than ideal, while insisting he was totally focused on steering Australia to a fourth-straight World Cup.
A-League clubs are also privately seething that the issue has contributed to a low-key and poorly attended start to the domestic season.
Postecoglou has not made comment on his future since the report broke last week.
The 52-year-old has made no secret of his desire to coach a European club at the end of his Socceroos contract.
That was to be at the end of next June's World Cup - should the Socceroos qualify - or next month if Australia fail to beat Honduras.
But no one expected Postecoglou to walk with the option of leading the national team to Russia still open to him.
Brisbane Roar football boss and former Socceroo Craig Moore smells a rat.
"Obviously something that hasn't been mentioned in the media has happened behind the scenes," he told goal.com.
"And not today, yesterday but over a period of time. There's a huge part of the story missing.
"If anyone thinks Ange is potentially leaving his job earlier because of critique, then they obviously don't understand the world of football."