Hull City chairman Adam Pearson has revealed he is working towards appointing a new manager from a select group of names on a concise short-list.
The Tigers parted company with former manager Phil Brown on Monday and several replacements have already been linked with the job.
Former Crystal Palace, Charlton and QPR boss Iain Dowie is believed to be the frontrunner alongside ex-Manchester City manager Mark Hughes, but Pearson is keeping his cards close to his chest.
"We've got a pretty tight list and we're working through it," he told the club's official website.
"We're working through this exercise as quickly as we can, but obviously we want to explore every possibility.
"I think all the names mentioned are pretty reasonable. There are a few who the press haven't picked up on yet that we're talking to and it's always nice to have a couple of secret ones tucked away.
"I think we'll be able to bring that to the fore over the next couple of days."
Whoever takes the job will be charged with saving the 19th-placed Tigers from relegation this season.