Nigel Adkins is hoping his future at Scunthorpe will be resolved this weekend.
The 45-year-old is poised to take charge at League One Southampton but must wait while the two clubs thrash out a compensation package.
"This speculation cannot go on forever," he said after watching his side lose 2-0 at home to Bristol City this afternoon courtesy of goals from Albert Adomah and David Clarkson.
"Something needs resolving this weekend.
"I will be talking to my chairman tonight and by Monday morning I need to be either the new manager at Southampton or the one still here at Scunthorpe.
"I was not going to walk away from Scunthorpe while the question of compensation was unresolved.
"I do know there was a big discrepancy between the amount that Southampton were offering and the figure that Scunthorpe were wanting.
"Southampton are a club now in the bottom four of League One and obviously in need of new leadership.
"It's a big club with big potential and anyone would be excited by the prospect of taking over there."
Adkins insists he and his team were fully focused on what could have been his final game in charge at Glanford Park.
"I made sure the players were focused and obviously this is not the result I wanted," he added.
"The first half was disappointing but I thought we battered Bristol in the second half without being able to get the goal we wanted."