Ange Postecoglou and John Aloisi believe unrest behind the scenes was the driving force behind Brisbane Roar's decision to axe title-winning coach Mike Mulvey.
Mulvey was dismissed on Sunday, six matches into the 2014-15 season and just five months after guiding the Queensland club to the A-League championship.
With just one win to date so far this season, results have been undeniably poor at Suncorp Stadium.
But Socceroos coach Postecoglou, who won the title twice with the Roar, feels the sacking is about more than just on-field issues.
"We talk about results a great deal," he said on Fox Sports.
"Results are a contributing factor but a coach usually loses his job because of ... four key relationships.
"You've got your board, your players, your supporters and the media. You break one of them irrevocably, it will cost you your job.
“Because if it's just about results, then Popa (Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic) is in a similar boat. But he's not under pressure. Popa's still managing those relationships well," he said, referring to the Wanderers' winless start to the domestic campaign.
"We don't know the story behind it. For a coach to lose his job so soon after having the ultimate success, which is what everyone strives for, suggests there's been an irrevocable breakage in one of those relationships. We can only guess which one that is."
Aloisi, who was axed as Melbourne Heart coach in January, also suggested turmoil away from the pitch may have cost Mulvey.
"As a coach, your job's not only to coach the players, you're also there to ... manage the board, manage supporters, the media," he said.
"It's a big job and you need to do all of those things well.
"Maybe he hasn't done something well and that's why he's gone."
According to Aloisi, the Roar's 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory on Friday is unlikely to have been the tipping point for the club's owners.
"I don't think it came down to this game," he said.
"From the outside looking in, it's that they were waiting for someone to replace him. It would have been two weeks ago when they lost to Melbourne City at home. We don't know the ins and outs of what's happening at the club, but something's broken there."comments