John Mitchell's rescue mission at Sale Sharks could be over as soon as February according to reports.
The Sale director of rugby only linked up with the club four weeks ago after a brief consulting stint, but has taken charge of the operation to keep Sale in the Aviva Premiership next season.
However, the Manchester Evening News reports that Mitchell could return to South Africa as soon as February, where he is currently a consultant for his former side the Golden Lions, due to personal circumstances.
Mitchell has signed up to be an expert analyst for SuperSport covering the Super Rugby season, which also begins in February.
The uncertainty over Mitchell's future will not help what is becoming an alarming situation at Sale, after last weekend's record 62-0 defeat to Toulon in the Heineken Cup.
The Sharks travel to High Wycombe this weekend to take on London Wasps, who are unbeaten at home so far this season.
Two further crucial fixtures follow against Worcester Warriors and Saracens, as Sale look to close the six-point gap keeping them adrift at the bottom of the table.
"My job right now is to get results over the next three weeks," said Mitchell to Manchester Evening News.
"I'll keep doing my best in trying to alter the mindset of the players and hopefully we'll get some traction.
"It's about making sure we get a very reliable tight group out there who can go the distance. The mindset needs to change and the will to win needs to change.
"It's an important few weeks for us but the focus needs to be on one contest at a time starting on Sunday."