I will TRY to keep this simple. I was brought on this project approx. 1/2 way through to fill the role of CM DB SME(20+yrs broad based experience). The PM (non-technical by his own admission) repeatedly asked me to fix project docs etc. during first 3 weeks as he "realized my knowledge and experience will be vital to project success." The team was reluctant to provide me any information regarding their "area of expertise"(expected when you're the new-guy). I found out this is because they have no tangible deliverables/solution after 6 months of work.
The PM went on vacation at which time the client informed the Acct Mgr that they lost faith in his ability to lead the project. They also stated that they had observed my performance and wanted me to step into the role of PM as they felt that I wouldn't B.S. them and could get things back on the correct path.
Changes were made to the teams structure as requested by client and I assumed the role of PM. Acct Mgr IMO informed the team "CM DB is pulled from project plan, so now Mr. X (PM that I was replacing) will be leaving and Mr. O (me) will be PM". I'm sure the team is as confused about this as I, the Acct Mgr's attempt to "save face" is an obvious untruth and completely illogical. I am working round the clock to gather the data necessary to rebuild the project plan and resume things, however this time in the correct manner. Now the Acct Mgr is attempting to circumvent me by allowing a member of "our team" to send documentation (planned CMDB doc-area I was brought in to handle) directly to the Project sponsor (client) without my knowledge. I found this out when the Project sponsor's only response was to forward the email immediately to me, I appreciate that they wanted me to know what was being done without my knowledge. Additional issues similar to this are being brought to my attention and I now believe the Acct Mgr is actively trying to push me out of the picture to replace me with another team member. Most likely the one that will gladly "puppet" whatever he is told.
I am uncertain how to proceed so if anyone has any advice or suggestions, it will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
Regards, "Mr. O"