Wolverhampton Wanderers caretaker manager Stuart Gray has emerged as the leading contender to take over permanently from Glenn Hoddle at Molineux.
The club's desire to make a quick appointment - and to do it as economically as possible - has thrust Gray into the foreground, given that he is already the man at the helm.
Gray, in his second spell as caretaker boss at Wolves in his two-and-a-half years at the club, is on an initial short list of 12 names. It is now known that the likes of Peter Reid and Joe Kinnear have also applied. And it is understood that Wolves still have an interest in Burnley's Steve Cotterill, even though his appointment would cost them £350,000 in compensation.
"We won't preclude people already in work," said chief executive Jez Moxey. "It might be a more expensive route but, if the board believe that's the right way, that's what we'll do."
One name taken out of the frame at Wolves' latest board meeting to discuss the vacant position was another internal candidate Chris Evans.
The Wolves Academy director was sounded out by the board, with particular regard to a new role as director of football. But, although Evans is still tipped to one day step into the Molineux hot seat, that time has not arrived.
As expected, following the same board meeting, Wolves yesterday made the decision to stand by teenager Chris Cornes, despite his testing positive for cocaine.
It is effectively a last warning for the 19-year-old striker, who has been fined. He has averted the threat of a suspension of his contract, but that could still be invoked with any further breach of club rules.
For the period of his back-dated six-month suspension, which ends in October, Cornes will work with Wolves' Football in the Community department.
The mass exodus from Wolves this summer reached 11 yesterday when vice captain Mark Kennedy and KiHyeon Seol both made their expected departures.
Kennedy, who turned down the offer of a new deal at Molineux, completed his Bosman move on a two-year contract to Crystal Palace, returning to Selhurst Park, home in his Wimbledon days.
And Seol Ky-Hyeon also finalised his £1 million move to Premiership new boys Reading, a deal that could eventually earn Wolves an extra £500,000, based on appearances, plus a proportion of any sell-on fee.
But Wolves have at last started making moves towards filling the gaps in their squad. And Brazilian trialists Guilherme Finkler and Jay Soares, who both possess Italian passports and are out of contract, are starting to real look contenders.
Finkler, in particular, improved his chances of a contract in Monday night's 4-0 win at Hednesford, scoring two and making one in Wolves' first pre-season friendly.
"Finkler's got good technique and struck a fantastic free kick," said caretaker boss Gray. "But I guess with a Brazilian that's what you'd expect!
"We said we'd keep them until after Saturday's Burton Albion game when we'd make a decision but they certainly haven't done themselves any harm."