Raith Rovers have granted Hearts permission to speak to their manager John McGlynn.
The Jambos are on the lookout for a new boss after Paulo Sergio confirmed earlier this month he was leaving the Tynecastle club after rejecting a new contract.
McGlynn was previously a coach at Hearts and served as caretaker manager on two occasions.
A statement on Raith's website confirmed: "Raith Rovers FC announces that Heart of Midlothian FC have formally sought permission to speak to John McGlynn regarding the vacant manager's position at Tynecastle.
"The board of directors has an excellent relationship with John and has no wish to stand in the way of his career progression should an opportunity arise for him.
"Accordingly we have acceded to Hearts' request."