Gillingham have made an approach for Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh, BBC Wales Sport understands.
County have refused to comment but it is believed Edinburgh now wants to join the League One side.
|BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips:|
|Because he still lives in Essex, I understand Justin Edinburgh would like to go to Gillingham. Now it's up to Gillingham to pay the appropriate compensation. In one way it's better that Newport lance the boil now and get this over with and find someone else. But if he does go it's a huge blow for Newport County. It's something they have feared for a while because they realise they have hot property on their hands.|
Edinburgh succeeded Anthony Hudson as Exiles manager in October 2011.
The former Tottenham and Portsmouth defender led them back into the Football League after a 25-year absence.
Newport remain in the League Two play-off zone despite losing their last three games.
Heavy away losses to Cambridge United and Northampton Town were followed by Saturday's 1-0 home loss to league leaders Shrewsbury, a run in which Newport have failed to score a goal.