Huddersfield Town have set a Friday deadline for applications to fill the vacant managerial hot-seat at the Galpharm Stadium.
The Terriers sacked Peter Jackson earlier in the month after a poor run of results saw the West Yorkshire club fall off the pace in the race for a play-off place.
Gillingham manager and former Huddersfield fans' favourite Ronnie Jepson has been linked with a return to the club, but chairman Ken Davy insists the club is in the process of drawing up a shortlist of interested parties.
"We have agreed that the closing date for applications for the manager's position will be close of play on Friday," he told the club's official website.
"We will then draw up shortlist as soon as possible with interviews commencing the following week.
"They should produce a final shortlist after which there will be a final round of interviews. That should produce a successful candidate.
"We wish to make progress as rapidly as we can, but only in line with considering every serious candidate for the benefit of the club and its supporters."