Golden Lions Rugby Union president Jannie Ferreira has been given the task of finding the next Bok team manager, but he has not yet received a clear directive about the type of candidate needed for the job.
"I'll grant you that we're rather pressured as far as time is concerned," Ferreira told Beeld newspaper.
"We first have to get a proper job description before we can continue the process. For example, there has to be a decision whether the post will be a purely ceremonial one.
"If it is not going to be a ceremonial appointment, the process must obviously be a more protracted one.
"Unfortunately it is a fact that we don't have a lot of time to make such an appointment."
The Springboks play Wales, Scotland and England on successive weekend's in November before welcoming the Lions to South Africa in nine months time.