Notts County are close to naming their new manager, with QPR midfielder Shaun Derry the favourite to succeed Chris Kiwomya, reports BBC Radio Nottingham.
Derry, 35, who is on loan with QPR's Championship rivals Millwall, could be named player-manager within 48 hours.
If ex-Notts player Derry is appointed, ex-Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott is expected to join as his assistant.
The Magpies were linked with several experienced bosses in Brian Kerr, Dean Saunders, Danny Wilson and Gary Rowett.
But chief executive Jim Rodwell confirmed before Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Coventry City that they were also talking to an inexperienced candidate, with the idea of bringing in a more senior figure to work alongside him.
Kiwomya left Meadow Lane by mutual consent last month, with Notts bottom of League One after winning only two of their first 13 games.
Derry began his career at Meadow Lane, making 94 appearances between 1995 and 1998.