Former Wales scrum-half Robert Jones insists Jonathan Humphreys is the perfect man to take the helm at Ospreys as the region gets its finances in order.
Former Wales captain Humphreys, whose side are second in the RaboDirect PRO12 behind Leinster, is currently forwards coach at Ospreys and is one of the contenders to take over from outgoing boss Scott Johnson at the end of the season.
But with the likes of James Hook, Lee Byrne and Mike Phillips swapping the Wales for the warmer climate and heavier pay packet of France, financial stability has become a major issue for all Welsh clubs, who have recently imposed a salary cap.
But Jones insists it could be a blessing for the likes of Humphreys, who could now take the top job at Ospreys because he would be the cheaper option.
Jones said: “Humphreys has been there some time and he’s always been in a secondary role to the man at the top.
“This gives him an opportunity to progress as a coach. At the same time it saves the region a considerable amount of money.
“It could well be the case that they're considering the financial situations of the regions.
“They're all trying to cut back and they've spoken about the salary cap within the playing set-up and I'm sure they're looking to cut costs elsewhere.”