Coast can't be taken lightly: Heart coach
A-League club Gold Coast are in limbo, but Melbourne Heart coach John van 't Schip has warned against treating the side as easybeats.
United's licence was controversially revoked on Wednesday and it is unclear if the team will play out the final four matches on the roster.
Gold Coast are scheduled to face four top-six teams in their remaining games - Wellington, Newcastle, Perth and Brisbane.
And van 't Schip believes there will be no easy points from Gold Coast, even if the players' futures are clouded.
He said that rather than roll over, United will be playing with extra pride and individuals will need to put in some eye-catching performances in a bid to impress other clubs.
The Heart will try to ignore Gold Coast's plight and "do its own thing", van 't Schip said.
United were struggling at the bottom of the ladder but were still intent on doing as much damage as possible before the crisis hit the club - and they would continue to fight, van 't Schip said.
"I think they are doing very well because I think everybody already thought they would maybe give away the games," he said.
"But I think the team, the young players and also the experienced players, are showing that they have a good character.
"They already had some good results. They made it very difficult for us (in the Heart's 1-0 win a fortnight ago).
"They played a good game against Melbourne Victory and against Central Coast."
The Dutchman said this week's drama would not impact on the players' on-field performances.
"They know that something is going to change for them with the owner and the club but still they are fighting to maybe get to another club next season," he said.
"We just have to look at our own things that we have to do."
A-League chief Lyall Gorman is confident Football Federation Australia can reach an agreement with the Gold Coast players to complete the season.
After FFA's shock decision to revoke billionaire Clive Palmer's A-League licence, Gorman flew to the Gold Coast for urgent talks with players' union representatives.
Already, United's away trip to third-placed Wellington Phoenix on Sunday is at threat of postponement.
Gorman said FFA wants to avoid United forfeiting their last four games "at all costs".
"The major priority at the moment is to complete the end of the season for the sake of the players and of the opposing teams," Gorman said.