Wolverhampton Wanderers are hoping to get a quicker answer from Glenn Hoddle as to whether he is prepared to stop on as their manager next season.
Hoddle has persistently fended off all enquiries about his future, insisting that he will not make a decision until the end of the curreent campaign. "Nothing's changed," he said, in the wake of the superb performance that earned a 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Ipswich Town on Monday night. "I've got to find out whether the club wants me to stay and I've got to look to the future to decide whether I think it's right."
But Wolves know that life would be a lot simpler if they knew where they stood. They need to tie up the futures of existing players such as captain Paul Ince, who has emerged as a target for managerless Chester City.
They also need to ensure that Hoddle is in place to secure an early pick of the likely bargains on offer this summer - something which badly hampered them two summers ago when they were late joining the Premiership party.
"We have to demonstrate to our supporters that we're moving as quickly and purposefully as possible," said Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey.
"Towards the season's end, we'll discuss Glenn's future and, once we have sorted that out, we'll hopefully start talking about team plans. We're very disappointed in the season as a whole. Having committed the kind of investment we have in this team, reaching the play-offs is a minimum requirement.
"That's not a reflection on Glenn Hoddle, but on the season as a whole.
"We've been impressed with Glenn. He's a quality English manager who is beginning to stamp his authority on the team, who are responding positively to him. Our fans should be able to see progress in the manner in which several players, such as Lee Naylor and Jody Craddock, have transformed their performances under Glenn.
"We've lost one in 20 and many of the draws we've had could easily have been wins. The underlying trend is very positive and this with a team that we were concerned was facing a relegation battle."
Hoddle, who will have earned a reported £500,000 by fulfilling his six-month contract at Molineux, is believed to have missed out on a similar amount after failing to secure promotion. But, while the club are pleased with his efforts, he needs to be satisfied in his own mind that the Wolves board match his ambitions.
"There's a lot of talking still to be done," said Hoddle. "More importantly, there's a lot of football still to be played. We showed just as much desire for the three points on Monday night against a side going for automatic promotion and whilst I'm here, the players won't be allowed to take their foot off the pedal. We've been so close and, if we can now go unbeaten to the end of the season, I'll be very happy."