Paul Lambert is finalising plans to create a new-look management team at Villa Park, with Ian Culverhouse the man he wants as his No.2.
The new Villa boss wants his long-term right-hand man to join him in the Midlands and continue their blossoming relationship that worked so well at his former club Norwich.
Culverhouse is still employed by the Canaries but the move will be straight-forward should things run as smoothly as expected.
The 47-year-old is an outside candidate with the bookies for the top job at the Norfolk club left vacant by Lambert last week but it is thought he would favour a similar role to the one he currently holds.
As part of the backroom shake-up, Lambert will also hope to bring with him Norwich’s head of football operations Gary Karsa.
Club legend Gordon Cowans will stay on in his coaching role.
Speculation has mounted about the possibility of ex-Villa midfielder Alan Thompson linking up with his former Celtic team-mate Lambert.
Thompson was dismissed by the Hoops, fuelling talks of a return to the club he spent two years at in the late 90s, but it is unlikely to happen. Instead, Culverhouse is likely to become the new assistant. During his three years at Carrow Road, the pair worked wonders together and Lambert only recently praised his second in command.
“There’s no doubt Ian Culverhouse has been fantastic,” he said towards the back end of the last Premier League campaign.
“The lads like the training and the way they get treated and if you can do that and then take them to the match then they are the ones who go and play it for you.
“I think with the quality of the coaching they get, Ian has been equally as important as anybody else who has ever played under me.”