It appears as though it's now official: Katsuya Nomura will not be returning next season as the team's manager but will instead be asked to return as an "hononary manager" (read: advisory role).
According to current reports, team owner Toru Shimada will meet with Nomura after Sunday's game to inform Nomura that the team will not be picking up an extension on his contract.
The team will then likely try to keep Nomura on board in an advisory position.
=== Updated 10/11/2009 @ 12:38am JST
"The club didn't want to get into any discussions about next season until after the current season ended. The 11th is the final game of the season so we'll sit down with the manager to discuss what's to come and then hold a press conference on the 12th."