Mick Catlin has revealed that he would not necessarily follow Alex Pike out of Gosport Borough if the manager is tempted elsewhere.
Pike is believed to have been targeted by Conference Premier outfit Aldershot Town, even though they currently have a manager in place in Andy Scott and also survived relegation, despite a 10-point deduction last season.
With the managerial duo leading Gosport to The FA Trophy final and a mid-table finish in Skrill South, their stock is high and has attracted plenty of interest.
But Borough chairman Mark Hook has yet to secure their services for next season and discussions are still at a preliminary stage over next term’s budget, which will have a major bearing on their future.
Catlin admits that the uncertainty needs to be resolved as quickly as possible but while Pike would surely be keen to take his trusted assistant with him to a new club if he did go, there are no guarantees on that front.
Catlin said: ‘Myself and Alex work very well together but we are not joined at the hip.
‘If it’s true and there are Conference Premier sides interested in Alex, then it could be a full-time position but there is no certainty that he would take me with him either.
‘The money would have to be right because we have both got businesses of our own to run.
‘So it’s not as straightforward as moving just because it’s a bigger club.
‘As much as I would love to be involved in full-time football, it would have to be financially viable.
‘It might be right for Alex but it might not be right for me.’
Catlin has previously managed Andover, Petersfield and Fleet Town and would be the obvious candidate to replace Pike if he did leave.
And he admits he still harbours his own managerial ambitions.
He said: ‘It would be a tricky one but I’d like to think I have done enough to be considered if Alex did leave.
‘It’s all hypothetical at the moment.
‘I was a manager before Gosport and I still want to be a manager again at some stage but you get labelled as a number two and it can be hard to get away from that.
‘Every year I have been at Gosport, I have been offered different things at lower levels and I have thought “do I want to go back to being a manager or stay at the higher level and build on what we have achieved?”
‘So far, I have felt that I wanted to keep building Gosport.
‘There might come a point where I will be offered something attractive and hard to turn down.
‘But I think there is more to come from Gosport, given the right tools.’
He added: ‘It should be the chairman’s priority to secure the management team and then the players.
‘I’m sure that’s what Mark is doing and hopefully, it will be resolved in the next few days.
‘I don’t think it can drag on any longer than that. We need to know what the situation is.’