Melbourne City's supremos have given Warren Joyce the tick after his first A-League season, endorsing the Englishman to continue in his role irrespective of City's finals fate.
But whether he'll be given a superstar name to work with in year two remains up in the air, as City Football Group (CFG) ponder the pros and cons of investing.
Joyce will get his first taste of finals football on Friday night when City host Brisbane in an elimination final.
Visiting CFG heavyweight Brian Marwood said Joyce was "absolutely" the man to continue the job after leading City to a club record third-placed finish.
"He came in to work with a lot of players and staff he didn't know and that takes some time to adapt and work out where everybody fits," Marwood told AAP.
"As we saw for the first four, five months, there were some ups and downs. It wasn't a smooth transition.
"I look now and I see a manager who's really managing in the way that we wanted him to manage.
"The players have really responded well ... everybody's really positive and I see an energy and desire.
"I see a really happy environment. We're very comfortable."
The biggest challenge came in December, when Socceroos legend Tim Cahill left the club acrimoniously after failing to get a guarantee over match minutes.
It was a major turning point for the club, which backed Joyce over Australia's biggest-name player.
Marwood said the Cahill experience wouldn't deter City from pursuing another heavyweight as they chase improved crowds and a bigger footprint in the Australian game.
The key criterion on bringing an international-quality player to Bundoora will be simple: will they improve the team?
"With big stars there is a price for that and we have to treat all of our businesses like a business," he said.
"The important thing is the credibility on the field.
"Would we consider a big name player? Of course we would, if we felt it was right for the football side which is the most important thing.
"Are we going to move the dial by doing something exciting?
"We tried it with Tim. We tried it with Robi Koren. We've seen varying degrees of success in terms of a bigger fanbase.
"Ultimately the bigger fanbase will come by winning."
Presently, City's marquees slots are taken by Bruno Fornaroli and Marcin Budzinski.
While Fornaroli is untouchable, it would be no shock to see the Pole move on after struggling with form and fitness to make just eight starts during his first season in Australia.
Marwood has also committed Australian wunderkind Daniel Arzani to staying in the A-League for another season, declaring it the best place for his development.