West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has confirmed technical director Dan Ashworth will assist in their pursuit to find his replacement.
Ashworth has been confirmed by The Football Association as their new Director of Elite Development. He won't move into the post until the summer.
Peace told the Albion website: "Dan still has an important role to play this season and he and his staff have already begun planning for the January transfer window.
"Dan has laid a solid foundation for the Sporting & Technical Director position and will now play his part in identifying the right person to continue his good work.
"That search is now underway but we will take our time to ensure we appoint the right candidate.
"Although you never wish to lose such excellent colleagues, I think the fact both Roy and Dan have been chosen by The FA reflects well on West Bromwich Albion and the manner in which we have structured the football club."