Steve Bruce heads into today's meeting with the Birmingham City board aware that his transfer budget is likely to be substantially reduced.
When the power brokers convened with Bruce two weeks ago rumours were rife that it was a make-or-break meeting for Birmingham's manager after their relegation to the Championship.
However, the fractious atmosphere that was permeating St Andrew's in the aftermath of their relegation appears to have dissipated and this meeting will confirm to Bruce that his war-chest is greatly reduced from last season.
Nevertheless, any notion that Bruce will either walk away or have his contract terminated after budgets have been thrashed out are wide of the mark. In fact, Birmingham chairman David Gold reassured Bruce once again that his job was perfectly safe despite Blues' demotion.
"If I was a betting man, I'd be putting money on Steve being manager at the start of next season and at the end of it. I don't see this as a meeting to decide Steve's future," reiterated Gold.
"Two weeks ago, we didn't have time to get through all the business we wanted to at David Sullivan's house. This time we'll get the chance to do that. Things were very emotive after the Newcastle game when we were relegated. I can't see there being a change of manager."
His thoughts were echoed by co owner David Sullivan who is keep to formulate a plan for next season's expected assault on promotion.
"The ball's in Steve's court, I don't want a meeting to find out whether he wants to be manager or not. I just want a decision," he said.
Bruce will want to ascertain the fiances he has to play with, as Birmingham are expected to be among the candidates for promotion.
However, Birmingham's board have a propensity for signing players on loan and with different stipulations in the Championship, that could be a route Bruce will have to pursue.