Newcastle United have offered caretaker Chris Hughton the manager's job on a permanent basis.
Hughton has been in interim charge of the Magpies on several occasions and stepped in again at the end of last season when Alan Shearer was unable to keep them in the Premier League.
Newcastle have made an impressive start to life in the Championship, but Hughton has continued to operate on a caretaker basis as owner Mike Ashley is still looking to sell the club.
However, he now looks set for the job on a permanent basis after revealing that talks have begun over a full-time manager's role.
"I am honoured to be offered the job," he said in a statement. "We are still in negotiations but it is something I hope will get resolved soon.
"I have always felt that the manager's situation was an issue, but not the most important one. Getting results has been the most important thing.
"Once we have got Scunthorpe and Doncaster out of the way we will have discussions with (managing director) Derek Llambias.
"It will involve moving from caretaker manager to a full-time basis.
"They have indicated to me that they want to turn it from a temporary role into a permanent one."