Aston Villa bosses have begun their search for a new manager in earnest following the arrival yesterday of owner Randy Lerner.
The American was forced to sack Alex McLeish on Monday following a dismal one season in charge in which Villa came within two points of relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
However, one man apparently not in Villa's thoughts is Mick McCarthy, dismissed by Wolves in mid-February after nearly six years in charge.
Villa's 16th-placed finish was their worst in six seasons as they also returned their lowest points total for 42 years, just 38.
Lerner spelt out that under McLeish Villa lacked "compelling play and results", with his desire now to appoint a man "who sees the club's potential and embraces our collective expectations".
Lerner flew in from the United States yesterday to oversee the process of appointing a third manager in under two years, along with chief executive Paul Faulkner.
However, their plans are likely to have been thrown off kilter by Liverpool's sacking yesterday of Kenny Dalglish.
Candidates on Villa's radar, such as Wigan's Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers at Swansea and Norwich's Paul Lambert, are almost certain to figure highly on Liverpool's list of prospective candidates.
Martinez spurned Villa's advances a year ago and, after his astonishing end to the season in keeping the Latics up, has been installed as one of the favourites for the vacancy at Anfield.