I had an interview with a client of my current employer. At the end of the final stage interview, I was advised to expect a reply within seven days. I never heard anything back for almost two weeks, so I decided to chase it via the HR person who organised the interview. Someone else from the recruitment team called a few days later. After apologising for the delay in getting back to me, she asked me about pay expectations. It turned out my current salary was higher than what they were willing to pay for the new role. I explained that I am prepared to take a pay drop for the right opportunity. After a bit of discussion, she agreed to send me details of the full package by close of play.
Its been another ten days since last phone call but I haven't heard anything back from HR. I work with hiring manager regularly so should I ask her/him about my application's status directly?. The hiring manager and I are not based at the same office.