Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside is keen to secure a new manager as soon as possible.
Caretaker boss Archie Knox will certainly be in charge for Thursday's UEFA Cup tie with Braga - and even Gartside acknowledges it is far from an ideal situation, with the Trotters currently anchored in the relegation zone following their defeat at Arsenal last weekend.
However, Gartside is also aware that he must find the right man this time around to safeguard the progress made under Sammy Lee's predecessor Sam Allardyce.
"We hope to be in a position to conclude the process as soon as possible, but we will take our time to make sure we make the right appointment to take us forward," he said.
"It is a complex job to find the ideal candidate to take the club forward in the long term - but it is a process we are working tirelessly to resolve."