It emerged late last night that Rob Andrew's discussions with Martin Johnson have broken down irretrievably and that the former England skipper has decided he wants nothing more to do with the RFU. The sticking point appears to have been Johnson's insistence that he be allowed to manage the England team without interference from the blazers at Twickenham.
Instead, a senior source at the RFU indicated that a deal was now more or less in place to install the England's women's team head coach Gary Street as the new supremo of the England's men's team and that a statement to that effect was "imminent".
It had been thought that, if the talks with Johnson had not borne fruit, then the RFU would turn to South African World Cup-winning coach Jake White, but the RFU source confirmed that "we will not be turning to a foreigner - this isn't football."
So, with Johnson ruling himself out and with White ruled out on the grounds of nationality, it appears that the RFU have decided on appointing the 39 year old Street, who masterminded the England women's Six Nations Grand Slam this year and who has a 100% record with the women's team since taking over in 2007.
Whether Street and Brian Ashton can work together remains to be seen, but the chances of Ashton remaining in charge now appear to be increasingly slim after Chairman of the RFU Management Board, Martyn Thomas, was seen stalking the corridors of Twickenham wearing the pictured T-shirt.