Garry Monk has held crunch talks at Birmingham City over his future but is continuing to plan for the season ahead.
In developments that will concern supporters, Monk’s relationship with Birmingham chief executive Xuandong Ren is understood to have become strained over transfer plans.
Monk galvanised the St Andrew’s fanbase as well as steering Birmingham clear of trouble despite a nine-point penalty and a transfer embargo.
But progress in this summer window has not shaped out as outlined and it is believed serious discussions are now being held between manager and board, led by Ren.
Monk was satisfied to continue working with his squad amid spending restrictions, but Jota’s sudden sale to rivals Aston Villa came as a surprise.
It is understood Birmingham felt the need to cut Jota’s £35,000-per week wages off the budget.
Ren is said to be taking a keen role over transfers despite his relative inexperience in football and cracks between him and Monk have emerged.
Birmingham sources insist the club remain planning for next season with Monk in charge however. Monk himself is said to want to work through the difficulties.
Should the 40-year-old ultimately depart it would hit St Andrew’s significantly. Monk is rated highly for work at Swansea and Birmingham and stuck up a strong bond with his players.