Fandi Ahmad's relationship with Malaysian Super League (MSL) team Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) has ended after he tendered his resignation last Saturday, which was accepted by the club.
After leading JDT to a third-placed finish in the MSL and to the FA Cup final, the 51-year-old (right) was relieved of his coaching duties last month, and was redesignated as a team manager, a role he did not relish.
This led to the "painful but important decision" to resign halfway through his three-year contract, a move he made after consulting his family.
It is understood that he will receive an undisclosed amount for the early severance.
Fandi told The New Paper he intends to return to coaching, and did not rule out accepting any local offers.
He added: "Right now, I would like to spend time with my family and concentrate on my Fandi Ahmad Academy."
In a press release sent out yesterday afternoon, Fandi wrote: "Football is my life and I can't live without it.
"The game has given me a life to live for, and I plan to give back something to football by following my heart, which is coaching.