Manchester United will wait until qualification for the Champions League is impossible before sacking Louis van Gaal, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Dutchman appears to be a dead man walking at Old Trafford after a disastrous defeat to Danish minnows FC Midjytlland, but will remain in charge until Europe's elite competition slips away.
That means that the Red Devils could lose to League One side Shrewsbury in Monday evening's FA Cup tie and then crash out of the Europa League on Thursday and Van Gaal will still keep his role.
Such an instance might see Van Gaal offer his resignation, but Ed Woodward simply will not terminate his contract until the top four is mathematically out of reach. It is a situation that bears a resemblance to that of David Moyes.
The former Everton boss, who took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, lasted just 10 months in the Old Trafford dugout and was sacked just hours after a 2-0 defeat to his former club, which ended their chances of Champions League qualification.
It seems likely that Van Gaal, as Moyes did, has a clause in his contract linked to the team's performance. Should they miss out on Champions League qualification – a huge financial blow for the club – it is believed Manchester United will have to pay Van Gaal significantly less compensation.
However, as Van Gaal has done many times in the past, he may choose to leave on his own terms, waiving his right to any compensation. The Dutchman, a proud man, knows his failure is growing more spectacular by the week. He spent £250million in two seasons only to see the team get worse.
Jose Mourinho is expected to take over, but the former Chelsea boss would prefer to take charge at the end of the current campaign.