Martin O'Neill has emerged as a leading target for Doug Ellis to take over the managerial hot-seat at Villa Park.
With all the pandemonium currently encircling Aston Villa, it is easy to forget their Premiership campaign starts in less than three weeks.
The players obviously haven't as they comprehensively beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 on Saturday under the temporary guidance of Roy Aitken.
Yet Aitken will not be the next Villa manger, whether chairman Ellis sells his majority shareholding or not.
While Randy Lerner, Athole Still, Michael Neville and the AV06 consortium are all jostling to take control, they can all, apparently agree on one fact.
That O'Neill should be Villa's next manager.
Ellis and his fellow board members have not taken their eye off the ball during this most protracted of takeover sagas.
They are acutely aware of the pressing need for a figure-head, as there are still no guarantees that Ellis will relinquish control to any of the aforementioned bidders.
O'Neill has emerged as the number one target amongst supporters and Villa's board are aware of his capabilities.
Villa's non-executive director Steve Kind fostered a good relationship with O'Neill during his spell as Leicester manager while Kind was financial director.
It is possible that Kind could be used as a conduit between the board and O'Neill to sound out the possibility of the former Celtic boss taking over the reins.
Reports suggest that O'Neill is genuinely excited at the prospect of becoming Villa's next manager.
With a £4.5 million bid rejected for Gareth Barry and Tottenham Hotspur apparently preparing an increased offer for the midfielder, Villa's board know they need to act quickly. Issues such as a new manager and an increased squad need to be addressed very quickly as Villa embark on an important three-match tour of Holland and Germany.
While the football side of the business continues to chug along, the takeover saga is no nearer conclusion with the circus set to enter another week.
The chances of American billionaire Lerner re-entering the race to buy Villa are still in the balance after the breakdown of his talks with Ellis last week.
The owner of the NFL team, Cleveland Browns, has since been linked with a move to Everton but Villa are optimistic that the deal isn't dead in the water just yet.
Weekend reports suggested that Still's fanatical backing would usurp Lerner's with Sven-Goran Eriksson likely to be an investor rather than a manager.
Michael Neville have been the most vocal of the bidders and his unnamed backers have already placed a £64 million bid on the table.
He has promised to provide the next manager with £20 million of funds and has attempted to woo public support with his credentials as a Villa fan.
The Dorridge businessman appears to have been around for an age after his initial association with the Comers had gone awry.
Leading solicitor Nicholas Padfield is fronting the latest arrivals, AV06, but an inter-view in a national newspaper proclaiming the fact he is a Chelsea fan probably won't help his cause.
Nevertheless, if he stumps up the cash and revives the ailing patient that is Villa then most supporters couldn't give two hoots if he was from Timbuktu.
Still's consortium might just have edged ahead of Neville in the race for control at Villa Park but don't rule out Ellis seeing off this latest coup.
Villa's octogenarian owner has been round the block more times than anyone cares to remember.
It is impossible to predict the conclusion to this saga and Ellis may well vacate the seat he has sat in since the early Eighties.
But if his interest in O'Neill can result in Villa landing the former Leicester boss, he may well have left a parting gift of some considerable value to supporters. n Villa's excellent pre-season form continued as they ran out comfortablevictors over Wolves in Steve Bull's testimonial at Molineux on Saturday.
Villa's first goal came in the 32nd minute when Liam Ridgewell exchanged passes with Kevin Phillips and beat Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray with a well-placed shot.
The second goal arrived after 50 minutes when Gareth Barry's quick free-kick caught out Wolves, who were still arranging their defensive wall.
The victory was sealed in the 66th minute when Wilfred Bouma's clever pass picked out Gabriel Agbonlahor and the young striker slotted a shot past Murray.