Stuart Lancaster appears ready to let the Rugby Football Union decide his fate after admitting the role of England head coach would be a difficult one from which to walk away.
The 46-year-old former schoolteacher and Leeds player looked to have been won over by the surprising goodwill shown by the fans to his World Cup flops before, during and after their dead rubber against Uruguay in Manchester on Saturday night.
And despite the failure to emerge from the ‘pool of death’, a relaxed Lancaster insisted any decision he made would not be knee-jerk.
“It’s been a tough week and I haven’t really had time to sit back and chat with anyone,” he said.
“You’ve got the emotion of this game, the emotion of coaching England, the character of the young players.
“You’ve got to allow the dust to settle and have time to think and it won’t be all my decision anyway.
“I think anyone in my position who has worked since December 2011 to this point would say it would be hard to walk away from but I understand it’s a results business.
“It’s not just what’s in my mind, there’s a lot of other people who are going to have a say.”
The RFU may take the decision out of Lancaster’s hands with an internal review into the failure set to begin.
But whatever the future holds for the head coach, he was heartened by the reaction of the crowd in England’s first game in the north for six years.
“The boys have been hurting,” said Lancaster. “So to see that reaction gives them a huge lift and confidence to know that the country is still behind them.”