I've read several posts about unresponsive recruiters and hiring managers. However, I have an unresponsive 3rd party recruiter but the hiring manager is responding. The last conversation I had with the recruiter was that it looks like the company is making an offer after a budget meeting and I should receive an offer within 3 business days.
I allowed over a week to pass before following up with the recruiter only to receive no response. Later, the same day, I received an email from the hiring manager thanking me for my continued interest, and mentioning how impressed everyone on the team was with my skill set. The hiring manager also mentioned how none of the positions are filled yet and that they are continuing to interview candidates. He ended with "feel free to call me with any questions" and that I should hear something in the next 30 days.
It is obvious that the recruiter just forwarded the email on without bothering to contact me. During the onsite interview it was made obvious that the company is not a fan of recruiters and I'm not sure how to proceed. Is this offer dead or should I pursue this opportunity directly in the future if I am rejected for the position? Also if I get another offer while "they are interviewing other candidates" should I contact the hiring manager about this directly?