Former Aston Villa player Alan Curbishley has emerged as one of the candidates to succeed Martin O'Neill as manager of the midlands club, Press Association Sport understands.
Curbishley, out of football since ending his spell as West Ham boss two years ago, is understood to have been interviewed by Villa on Wednesday.
He joins reserve team coach Kevin MacDonald, who formally applied for the job on Tuesday after a spell as caretaker manager, in being in contention for the post.
Curbishley carved out his managerial reputation in establishing Charlton as a top-flight club.
That would fit Villa's criteria of wanting a manager with Premier League experience although this has not ruled MacDonald out of the equation.
Curbishley won a case of constructive dismissal against West Ham after parting company when several players were sold without his permission.