By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Azraai, who took over at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium last March from Wan Jamak Wan Hassan, led the Deer to the Malaysia Cup title in his debut season in charge.
However, while 2012 started on a high for Negri after they beat Kelantan in the Charity Shield, they struggled for consistency and ended up finishing sixth in the Super League, and also failed to make it past the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup.
And with his contract expiring next month, the 59-year-old has confirmed he will not be signing an extension and is instead looking for a fresh challenge elsewhere.
"I came to this decision after thinking it over for a long time," he told The Star. "My departure is not because of problems with NSFA [Negri Sembilan FA].
"I just want to look for new challenges. I'm a free agent now and I felt that I need to let NSFA know my decision so they'll have ample time to look for a new coach."
The ex-Malaysia international was quick to express his gratitude to the club for all their support and apologised for failing to retain the Malaysia Cup this season.
"I need to thank NSFA president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and the management for their cooperation and support," Azraai added.
"I also felt bad for failing to retain the Malaysia Cup title this season. I wish Negri a successful future."
According to The Star, Azraai revealed he has already received job offers from three Super League clubs but is yet to make a decision on where he'll be in 2013.