Phil Maynard's future at Sharmans Cross Road remains in the balance as the Pertemps Bees' director of rugby revealed he is still looking for reassurances from the club about their ambition and willingness to support him next season.
Maynard said yesterday that he will sit down with club officials this week to hammer out his playing budget for next term. He added that he expects the talks to go a long way to deciding whether he commits himself for another year.
The former Stourbridge and Worcester coach has become increasingly frustrated by the financial and temporal constraints foisted upon him by part-time rugby and especially so after a season in which Bees have largely underachieved.
To make matters worse he is anticipating having his budget further reduced in a division that has becomes more competitive by the season.
And while Maynard understands the fiscal realities he would not relish a widening of the gap between his club and those, like Harlequins, Coventry, Plymouth and Bedford, who will this summer spend a lot of money on players in a bid to win the National One title.
"I would accept a small cut but it depends on how big it is going to be. I am staying at the moment but one of the decisive factors is support, in terms of finance and ambition."
Maynard has already spoken to his board about his requirements for a new squad and hardly went overboard when he described the nature of the negotiations.
"It is 50-50. There is a lot of talk. At the moment my job is to make sure this club is secure in this division and that's what I'm trying to do.
"I am not looking for more money, I'm not interested in it, that has never been the case, but it is important to me whether the club is going to be in a viable position - in my opinion."
Maynard has a proven track record at finding players and turning them into a well-organised and effective unit which means if he does leave leafy Solihull, he is not likely to be short of other offers.
Despite the backdrop of uncertainty he has begun recruiting for next season and has added former Bristol centre Adam Billig to his squad.
The former Hereford Cathedral School pupil, was released by Bristol last month but has now agreed a part-time contract with Bees bringing with him representative honours including caps for England at 18-Group Schools and Students levels plus valuable Premiership experience during a stint with Leicester Tigers.
"Adam is a North Midlands boy and he is looking to move into part-time rugby," Maynard said. "He's got skill and pace, he's got Premiership and youth international experience and he is used to playing for clubs who have a winning mentality."
Billig's arrival coincides with the departure of former Waterloo, Worcester and Leeds centre Shaun Woof who is to join National One rivals Sedgley Park after three years at Sharmans Cross Road.
Lock Rob Walton will also follow him out. The former Hinckley player has agreed a contract with Rotherham.