West Bromwich Albion are edging closer to appointing Mark Warburton as the successor to sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth.
Warburton, currently occupying a similar role at Brentford, is understood to have held talks with Albion regarding the vacancy at the Hawthorns and is expected to give a decision before the end of the week.
Albion have spent the last four months sifting through potential replacements for Ashworth, who is serving a notice period before taking up the post of director of elite development at the Football Association.
Ashworth, 41, has been heavily involved in the search for his replacement, along with chief executive Mark Jenkins and legal director/secretary Richard Garlick.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace will have the final say on the appointment, but it is believed Warburton is now the number one choice after a drawn-out process, with numerous applications from European candidates.
Warburton is a former City trader and spent time as the academy manager at Watford and is also the co-founder of the NextGen series, the under-19 tournament referred to as the Champions League for youngsters.
He began as a part-time coach at Watford, before taking charge of the academy and has also performed first-team coaching duties at Brentford.
Ashworth is understood to have been frustrated in recent weeks, over the delay in appointing his successor. Although his contract runs until July, he is hoping Albion will release him early from those obligations to take up his new duties at St George's Park.
It is understood Ashworth will remain in his post to help West Brom's planned recruitment in the January transfer window, hopefully to work alongside Warburton, before moving on to his FA post.