Black in dark over Idowu
UK Athletics performance director Neil Black has admitted the governing body is still in the dark over the future of Phillips Idowu.
The triple jumper was on Monday stripped of his Lottery funding, a foregone conclusion given his decision in July to take an extended break from athletics "for the foreseeable future".
The 34-year-old, who last week pleaded guilty to drink-driving, has yet to give any indication when, and indeed if, he will return to sport.
Former world champion Idowu was among a host of World Championship medal winners axed from the World Class Performance Programme under the strict new guidelines set down by UK Sport.
Lisa Dobriskey and Jenny Meadows, who won 1500 metres silver and 800m bronze respectively at the 2009 World Championships, Andy Turner, the 2011 world 110m hurdles bronze medallist, and Yamile Aldama, the 41-year-old triple jumper who won world indoor gold last year, were all victims of a ruthless cut of senior names.
Asked about Idowu's intentions, Black said: "Phillips hasn't made any announcement that he's retired, he hasn't made an announcement giving any of us a complete indication as to what his plans are going forward.
"At this point he's clearly uncertain as to his own future and I'm sure when he's clear he'll have a conversation with me about it.
"He knows that the ball is in his court. Phillips is thinking, exploring, looking to his future, and when he wants to talk about it he just needs to pick up the phone.
"I can't put myself in Phillips' shoes. I don't know the different thoughts and ideas he's got for the future. It's for him to make that decision."
UK Sport, the body which distributes Lottery funding, has narrowed its criteria, meaning only athletes considered realistic medal contenders for the Rio 2016 Olympics are eligible for 'podium' funding. The result is a smaller crop of 22 athletes on top-level funding, plus 16 on relay funding.
The 44 younger athletes on the lower-level 'podium potential' support had to have proved their potential to win a medal in Tokyo in 2020.
In addition, there are 25 Paralympic athletes on podium funding, plus two on relay support, and 23 on podium potential.
Other senior Great Britain team members to lose their funding included Christian Malcolm (200m), Jo Pavey (5,000m and 10,000m), Rhys Williams (400m hurdles) and Goldie Sayers (javelin).
Black said: "It's been tough and I'm really aware of how upsetting it can be, but our focus has to be on looking forward, looking for winning performances, looking for podium performances. But believe me it's far from easy."
Meadows, 32, was ruled out of her second successive season in 2013 after suffering a stress fracture to her femur, which followed the long-term Achilles injury which dashed her Olympic hopes.
Dobriskey, 29, and Turner, 32, both endured injury-plagued seasons.
"These guys have been busting a gut for years, they've been striving against the odds," Black said. "I can't believe that this is going to stop them from looking forward, stop them from applying themselves in the way that they've always done."
The major winners from Monday's announcement were the women's 4x100m relay squad, who are back on funding after their shock bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow.
They did not even manage to qualify a team for the London Olympics.
The quartet who claimed a dramatic medal in Russia, Dina Asher-Smith, Hayley Jones, Annabelle Lewis and Ashleigh Nelson, are all on the programme as part of the relay squad, as is Anyika Onuora.
Jessica Ennis-Hill is obviously on the programme as she continues her rehabilitation from the Achilles injury which ruined her season.
Black revealed he is in regular contact with her coach, Toni Minichiello, regarding her recovery.
He said: "Things are going well. We have nothing but confidence that Jess is going to be back in the future and I'm sure that she'll be absolutely determined to come back, win medals and achieve personal bests."
On the search for a new head coach, Black, who has been filling the position temporarily since Peter Eriksson left in the summer, said he was meeting the UKA board at the end of the month to formulate a plan of action.
Asked if it was possible the UKA could operate without a permanent head coach, Black said: "We're looking at every different possibility."
On the Paralympic front, wheelchair racer Shelly Woods, who won marathon silver at London 2012, has been dropped from funding.
Four-time London 2012 champion David Weir, who is yet to definitively say either way whether he plans to compete in Rio, is on the programme.