James Mortimer 27.May.2013Getty Images
Cotter, the former Blues assistant and Bay of Plenty coach, has transformed Clermont into one of the leading powers of Europe, despite their surprise loss to Castres over the Top 14 semi-finals this weekend, and it appears the club will ensure their current head man completes his duties.
Cotter is signed until the end of the next European domestic season, and his statements all but confirmed he won't leave the French club until the end of the 2013/2014 campaign.
“We are disappointed not to be able to bring back the European Cup," he said, with Clermont losing to Toulon the weekend before.
"We got very close to it. But we will bounce back and we’ll get this European title next season in my last at the club. When I arrived, we were eighth, and now we have played six finals, ten semi-finals, won a European shield, the Top 14 shield and so I can’t wait for the new season.
Reports from the scotsman.com indicate that the SRU will not take up the option of buying out Cotter early, even if the club did do a u-turn and allow their prized coach to leave 12 months early.
Cotter's full role is yet unknown, as he will work with Scott Johnson who is now the SRU Director of Rugby.
It seems that Cotter, who could be locked in beyond the 2015 World Cup, will directly oversee the first team while Johnson will work with the professional game and coaches within Scotland.