Blackburn Rovers hope to have a new manager in place by Saturday following their decision to part company with Paul Ince.
Ince was sacked on Tuesday after just 17 Premier League games and six months in the Ewood Park hot-seat.
Rovers had slipped into the relegation zone on the back of an 11-game winless league run and chairman John Williams hopes to have Ince's successor in place before Saturday's crunch meeting with Stoke City.
Former Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce and ex-West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley are the two early frontrunners for the post.
Graeme Souness has also been linked with a return to the club he managed for four years before leaving to join Newcastle in 2004.
"Appointing a new manager is our total focus," Williams told the club's official website.
"We acknowledge that timelines are tight for we are in a very worrying situation concerning our Premier League status.
"We will endeavour to have a new manager in place for Saturday's game with Stoke City at Ewood Park, but there are no guarantees and we must ensure that we get the right man.
"In the meantime, the day-to-day training will be carried out by Archie Knox, Ray Mathias and Karl Robinson. Our coaching staff and all of the players fully understand the importance of this weekend's game.
"Our supporters can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to get the team climbing the Premier League table as soon as possible."