Mick McCarthy is in line to become the manager of Championship Nottingham Forest after the club's new owners confirmed that they had held talks with him.
The Kuwaiti-based Al-Hasawi family axed Steve Cotterill only hours after taking over at the City Ground last week.
Cotterill, who kept Forest in the Championship after taking over from Steve McClaren last season, spoke of his "deep disappointment" at the decision, and now it appears moves to find his replacement are well under way.
Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi revealed that Forest had held discussions with McCarthy, who was axed by Wolves last season and had guided both the Molineux outfit and Sunderland to the Premier League.
"Mick is one of the people we are talking to, but there are others. If he meets our requirements, we would be honoured to work with Mick," Hasawi said.
"It is very important for the manager to have good knowledge of this league and the teams involved in it. They must also have an understanding when it comes to working with a club and developing it.
"We're starting to see people face to face, and you get a much better impression when you see them face to face. They are more comfortable and can speak more openly."
Other than McCarthy - who spent almost six years in charge at Wolves - Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson and Roy Keane are among the names to have been linked with Forest.