Former Reading boss Brian McDermott is poised to succeed Neil Warnock as manager of Leeds, Press Association Sport understands.
The 52-year-old has held advanced talks with Leeds owners GFH Capital, who want McDermott in place as soon as possible in a bid to guide the club away from relegation trouble.
Warnock left Elland Road 10 days ago following the home defeat to Derby, while a run of four straight losses has seen Leeds slip to within five points of the npower Championship bottom three with five games remaining.
McDermott was sacked by Reading last month after a run of four successive league defeats had left the club second from bottom in the Barclays Premier League.
He steered Reading to the Championship title last season as the Berkshire club won 15 of their last 19 matches to reach the top flight for only the second time in their history.
McDermott, named Premier League manager of the month for January, was an early frontrunner for the vacancy at Elland Road and has said he is "very, very hungry" to get straight back into management.
Neil Redfearn has been placed in temporary charge of Leeds following Warnock's departure, with McDermott expected to become the club's fifth permanent manager in just over five years.