Coventry head coach Mike Umaga has dismissed suggestions he could be distracted by the talk of a takeover at the club and has vowed to concentrate on preparing his squad for the next campaign.
Umaga, who assumed control of the first team after Steve Williams left to join Northampton Saints before the end of last season, declared his intention to proceed as normal even if the Butts Park Arena is sold to Oxfordshire businessman, Andrew Green.
Reports last week suggested that Green, who has invested in Henley Hawks and Reading having made his money in recruitment, was about to buy out Keith Fairbrother although the Coventry chairman played down the speculation.
For his part, Umaga has been typically phlegmatic about the stories but did urge Green, and anyone else who might look to takeover at the Butts, to avoid undoing the progress the team made last season.
When the former Samoan international joined last summer, as backs coach under director of rugby John White, Coventry had narrowly avoided relegation by virtue of a last-day victory at Wakefield.
Despite the departure of White and his successor Williams since then, the club recovered to finish as the top ranked Midlands team in National One playing a brand of attacking, entertaining rugby that hints at a bright future.
And with virtually the entire of last season's squad having already re-signed or considering it - only James Percival, Shaun Perry and Paul Jones have found new teams - Umaga believes that continuity is the key.
"Rugby is a business now and Keith Fairbrother has been a businessman for quite some time but I believe he has Coventry Rugby Club at heart," said Umaga.
"Things like this are part of life - you can't stop them happening. If he is going to sell it, then he will.
"But the only question then is, if someone comes in and wants to make wholesale changes, it would be a shame if they came in and undid the work of last year. In terms of potential we have a hell of a lot. But then other people can see that too."
He recognises that Coventry's tradition and future are tantalising for potential investors. With a city-centre ground, reported to be worth around £5 million, and an upwardly mobile first-team decorated by several internationals he admits they are likely to attract interest.
He said that whoever came in he would be happy to stay, given the right circumstances, and his and his players' thoughts have already turned to the new term.
"The players are away from it at the moment," he said. "They are doing their own training.
"How they turn up in July determines how much rugby we do in July. The guys know that."
Having worked with the players for nearly a year he has more faith in them now than he did when he first arrived.
He said: "The first thing we felt we needed to do was change some attitudes on professionalism. Once we had done that, they all wanted to play a 15-man game they just weren't fit enough to do it. But now they realise what they have to do themselves."