Chris Nicholl has emerged as the early favourite to take over as Walsall manager following an interview with chairman Jeff Bonser yesterday.
The former Saddlers boss was in charge at Bescot from 1994 to 1997 and would fit the bill for Bonser, as he is presently unattached.
Walsall's chairman says he will not be approaching anyone who is employed at another football club, which rules out fans' choice David Kelly.
However, Nicholl's nononsense approach and his ability to work with youth team coach Mick Halsall are all factors that Bonser will take into consideration.
Meanwhile, Dean Keates' return to Walsall has resulted in him running the whole gamut of emotions in two weeks.
The diminutive midfielder had to endure the misery of a 5-0 thrashing on his debut before becoming a father for the first time.
He then discovered the manager who signed him had been sacked less than seven days after he inked a deal before capping off a hectic ten days with a goal in the crucial draw with Scunthorpe on Saturday.
Keates has barely had time to draw breath since he landed back in the West Midlands but the rollercoaster ride is set to continue with a daunting match at Colchester tonight.
The U's may have stumbled against Huddersfield on Saturday but they racked up an incredible 20 wins from their previous 22 fixtures, including a 2-0 win at Bescot last month.
The Saddlers could conceivably be in the bottom four by tomorrow morning.
Yet, perversely, Keates says this could work in Walsall's favour as they try to halt a wretched run of results in 2006.
He said: "It is going to be a tough assignment at Colchester but we can take heart from the fact we came back twice against Scunthorpe to claim a point.
"They are playing very well and there are no expectations on us at all. I am sure Mick (Halsall - caretaker manager) will make us hard to beat and if we can nick something from a set-piece then who knows?"
Nevertheless, whatever time Keates returns to his family home in Cheshire from deepest Essex, the combative midfielder must feel as though he has been hit with a sledgehammer.
After leaving Lincoln
because of the daily three-hour motorway grind, frying pans and fires spring to mind as he contemplates the whirlwind of the last two weeks. "It has been a little bit tiring," said Keates in an understated tone. "You need to be on top of your game at all times because we need results to lift us away from trouble.
"On a personal level, you need to impress the incoming manager and there is every chance he will be watching our games from the crowd.
"It has been an incredible fortnight, as I signed on deadline day when my partner, Catherine, was pregnant.
"Paul (Merson) was good with me as he let someone drive my car down to Brent-ford in case I had to shoot off quickly.
"We lost 5-0 and then Catherine's waters broke on Monday morning.
"I was sitting in Leighton Hospital in Crewe on Monday night at 6.30pm and I flicked on Sky Sports and saw the gaffer had been sacked!
"I was gutted for him and while I had worked with him for only five days, he was very understanding towards my situation. The chairman just did what he thought was best for the club.
"I was delighted to end a manic week with a goal against Scunthorpe but there were never going to be any 'baby rocking' celebrations as that isn't my style."
Walsall will be without Paul Devlin tonight after he was sent off against Scunthorpe on Saturday while Daniel Fox is unlikely to have recovered from injury.