Iain Dowie is the favourite to replace the sacked Phil Parkinson as the new manager at Hull City after Tigers chairman Adam Pearson revealed he was holding talks with the former Charlton boss.
Dowie, 41, was dismissed by the Premiership strugglers last month after just 15 games in the Addicks hot-seat, but has experience of Championship football having secured promotion to the top-flight for former club Crystal Palace two seasons ago.
Hull, currently second bottom of the Championship table, dispensed with the services of Parkinson last week following a run of 12 defeats from his 21 games in charge.
"We are talking to Iain as part of the process but there's a lot of people to get through," said Tigers supremo Pearson.
"It's not just Iain, but Iain is a strong candidate and he's definitely one that we're looking very seriously at.
"We're looking at quite a few other people and trying to make sure we get the right one.
"We've had an awful lot of applications for the job and there are perhaps half-a-dozen people who you want to arrange things with and Iain is one of those."
Former Derby County boss Phil Brown is currently in interim charge at the KC Stadium.