Sydney FC midfielder Karol Kisel is determined both he and outgoing coach Vitezslav Lavicka can still end their time at their A-League club on a high.
The Sky Blues announced on Friday that Lavicka would depart the club at season's end by mutual consent with Sydney FC wanting to head in a new direction next season.
Kisel, in his second stint with the club, will also return to Europe after the season either to retire or play on overseas.
The Slovakian midfielder was brought to Sydney in Lavicka's first season at the helm in 2009/10 and played a key role in the club's premiership-championship double.
And Kisel said motivation was high among the players as sixth-placed Sydney look to improve their finals chances in Sunday's crunch clash with seventh-placed Newcastle at the Sydney Football Stadium.
"Full credit to him (Lavicka) for what he's done for the club," Kisel said.
"He's a great coach and, more importantly, a great person.
"I think it's good he told us now and we will do our best now to make him even more famous and maybe to leave with the title in our hands.
"That's the target and I will leave as well after the season ... if we are able to reach grand final it would be really great for us."
Kisel said Sydney should expect nothing less than three points against the Jets, who are sure to be confident following their upset 1-0 win away to Brisbane Roar last week.
Sydney will almost certainly be without Socceroos star Brett Emerton, who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring strain in last week's 2-2 draw against Melbourne Victory.
The Sky Blues could potentially open up a handy gap on the Jets and Victory with a win on Sunday but Kisel said Sydney should be aiming high with three of their next four games played at home.
"I think we've still got a great chance for a top-four spot," Kisel said.
"We've got Newcastle, Perth and Wellington at home and, if we can pick up enough points, that will be great for us.
"We will go for the win (on Sunday). We can get (much) better and it's the first step for us."
Sydney are likely to stick with Nick Carle in an attacking midfield role, with Mark Bridge and Bruno Cazarine partnered up front.