Former Hull boss Phil Brown has confirmed he held talks with Southampton on Monday over the vacant manager's position at St Mary's.
Saints chairman Nicola Cortese is expected to name Alan Pardew's replacement this week, with Scunthorpe's Nigel Adkins and Bournemouth's Eddie Howe among the bookies' favourites for the position.
But Brown, who was initially placed on gardening leave by Hull back in March before eventually seeing his contract terminated in June, is very much on Southampton's radar.
"I went along to speak to them on Monday," he told talkSPORT. "It was very interesting, there's a very, very ambitious board. A very ambitious chairman. They've got (Les) Reed in there as a sort of director of football but he's got a different name to that.
"They certainly seem to be doing it right in the backroom, they're building the club from within and they've got a long-term plan. It's very, very ambitious.
"Everything about it is ready to move on. Albeit Alan (Pardew) had a half decent start, for whatever reason Alan found himself out of work and now there's a position down there. It is an ambitious club and certainly one that does interest me."