Stiliyan Petrov wants Aston Villa to appoint a new manager in time for players to be brought in before the transfer window closes next Tuesday.
Captain Petrov admits the Villa players are keen to discover who will be appointed as successor to Martin O'Neill.
Reserve-team coach Kevin MacDonald is currently in the role on a caretaker basis.
But MacDonald conceded his chances of being given the post would have been affected by successive setbacks against Newcastle and Rapid Vienna, if he decides to put his name forward as a candidate.
Petrov said: "We would like to know who is going to take charge, who is going to be involved.
"But there is now going to be a 10-day international break and we will see more clear things.
"It would be great to know who the new manager is. I hope he can be announced before the window closes so he can get some players in.
"Every manager has got his own ideas so it would be nice."
As they prepare for Sunday's home Barclays Premier League clash with Everton, Petrov believes it is important Villa bring in new blood.
He said: "You can see every other team is strengthening and I hope we can do that as well.
"We are a very small squad and, with the 25-man rule, it will make it even more difficult.
"We will see when the transfer window closes where we are going to end up."
Petrov could not mask his disappointment at Villa falling at the final qualifying round hurdle of the Europa League to Vienna for a second successive season.
The 3-2 home setback means Villa have conceded nine goals in their last two games following the 6-0 mauling at Newcastle last weekend.
Petrov said: "Obviously we know there is something wrong.
"We are playing well, we are creating chances, but we need to look at our defensive game as well.
"In two games, we've conceded nine goals so it doesn't look right but it is up to us to get it right."
MacDonald made eight changes to the side beaten at St James' Park, but Petrov believes that should not be used as a reason for Villa's exit.
He said: "It was not a mistake by the manager to leave players out. I think the players who played did well.
"But we couldn't score more goals than them and that was the turning point. They scored three and that was enough for them to go through.
"When we scored the second goal, we should have controlled the game better but we conceded another one.
"We then went for it, because we needed the goal, and they counter-attacked us and scored another."
Petrov was also guilty of failing to convert a spot-kick with the score at 1-1 after striker John Carew had also been off target from 12 yards at Newcastle.
He said: "You take penalties, you miss, you score. I'm the last one that wants to miss but that's the way it goes."