Manchester City chief Garry Cook could quit his job to return to the USA.
The People says Cook's American wife Wendy and their three children are leaving their Cheshire base and moving back to the family home in Portland - and Cook will rejoin them when next season is over.
Wendy has not settled in Manchester and is believed to favour a US education for their children.
Cook, 51, was appointed by former City owner Thaksin Shinawatra in 2008 after 12 years at Nike.
City's Abu Dhabi hierarchy believe their CEO has done a sound job restructuring the club and building a new commercial and marketing platform.