I got into a tricky situation at the office. First, let me explain the people's chain: Me -> Manager A (my direct almost-ex-boss) -> Manager B (my manager's manager) -> Manager C (boss of the other two managers).
My direct manager("manager A") is leaving and his position is open now. When managers A and B announced this news, they said that they've found a replacement and that person will step in soon.
He and his manager("manager B") are aware of my intention to take on a managerial role. I asked them if I was considered at all and the manager A replied that there's a plan for me in the next 6 months. He encouraged me to talk to manager B and get details from him(since manager A won't be here by that time).
I did talk to manager B and he was very vague with his explanations. He said, he knows I am looking forward the new role but he can't promise anything and he has no plan yet. Maybe, next year. Maybe.
Now, I had a smalltalk with a boss of manager B - "manager C". He has an impressive career and I asked him for career advice. He suggested that I apply for my direct manager's position even though I might not get it. IMO there is really no point in doing so because the replacement is found - I said to him. He was surprised that there was no fair competition because "it's not finalized and everyone should have a chance to apply". According to his words, it's worth applying in order to let HR & everybody know that I am interested in that kind of position.
Overall, all three of them seem to be on completely different pages. I am concerned that I got involved into their games unintentionally and would like to get out of them. Questions:
- Should I still apply for the open position? This can bring some misunderstanding and trouble from my managers chain.
- Should I worry about opening the surprising information to manager C(that somebody got hired without going through the regular process)?
- Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.