Derby County have admitted that Nigel Clough is one of the names on a "very small radar" being considered for the managerial vacancy at Pride Park.
The Burton Albion boss, whose father Brian managed the Rams between 1967 and 1973, is believed to be the frontrunner to replace Paul Jewell in the hot-seat following his resignation last week.
Clough has led Burton to the top of the Blue Square Premier table this season and the club are on course for their first-ever promotion to the Football League.
"Certainly Nigel has got lots of attributes you look for in a manager and I have spoken to (Burton chairman) Ben Robinson about him," admitted Derby's chairman of football Adam Pearson.
"But I speak to him often anyway because of the close connection between the two clubs.
"We did have a chat about Nigel but that is as far as it has gone.
"There are certainly other candidates on our shortlist, but he is one who is on our very small radar."