The Western Bulldogs have lost their top dog, with chief executive David Stephenson reportedly resigning.
Fairfax Media is reporting the former Nike executive offered his resignation from the role on Friday after just a year in the job.
The report suggests a strained relationship between chairman Peter Gordon and the low-profile chief executive.
The Bulldogs are likely to promote an internal candidate to act as chief executive while searching for a permanent replacement.
With the finals just over a month away, the timing of his departure is poor - the Bulldogs enduring a disappointing weekend with a tight loss to St Kilda compounded by long-term injuries to Jack Redpath and Mitch Wallis.
No top-eight club has lost more players to injury this season, with Redpath and Wallis ruled out for the rest of the Bulldogs' 2016 campaign.
The seventh-placed Bulldogs play Geelong at Simonds Stadium on Friday night.