Barry Robson and Danny Higginbotham must wait until Sheffield United appoint a manager before discovering if they have a future at Bramall Lane.
But even if the duo are offered new contracts, they will be forced to accept drastically reduced terms as the club continues its drive to become a sustainable business.
Robson, who together with Higginbotham joined United during the January transfer window, attracted interest at Championship level before moving to South Yorkshire.
Burnley and Millwall were among those courting the former Scotland midfielder’s signature following his departure from Major League Soccer outfit Vancouver Whitecaps.
Higginbotham, who is also poised to become a free agent, has intimated he would be prepared to explore the possibility of staying put.
Members of United’s footballing department are preparing the ground for the new chief’s arrival but major decisions concerning recruitment will be put on ice until Danny Wilson’s replacement is installed.
Dave Kitson, who scored 12 goals en route to the League One play-off semi-finals, is unlikely to return after revealing he a desire to finish his career abroad.
The centre-forward’s close friend Bobby Convey recently completed a switch from Kansas City to Toronto.
Together with re-shaping the first team squad, Wilson’s successor must also apply the finishing touches to United’s summer fixture schedule and training programme.
Invitations have been received from several teams, at both Premier and Football League level, in Scotland but they can not be formally accepted until the selection process is completed.