Aston Villa will target another Premier League manager should Gerard Houllier choose not to continue.
The Mirror says Villa are closely monitoring David Moyes and Mark Hughes as the likelihood increases Houllier will not return as boss.
Houllier has not been back working at Villa since his latest heart scare last month as Gary McAllister remains in charge.
The Frenchman, 63, has avoided surgery but his wife Isabel is firmly against him returning to the pressures of full-time management.
Moyes is getting frustrated at the lack of investment at Goodison, but while it would cost Villa around £3million in compensation to acquire him and his staff, it is believed Hughes' contract allows him to leave for nothing with summer.