Alan Curbishley has emerged as the favourite to take the Aston Villa job after holding positive talks with the club.
The former West Ham United and Charlton Athletic boss reportedly met with Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Peter Faulkner and he fits the bill of what Lerner wants - someone with Premier League experience.
Current caretaker Kevin MacDonald has stated his intentions of holding onto the job left by Martin O'Neill on the eve of the season but Lerner and Villa officials do not have him as their number one choice.
The fact that Curbishley spent 15 years with Charlton from 1991, consolidating them in the top flight before taking over at West Ham in 2006. He is also a past Villa player, serving the club in 1983 and 1984.