The Championship's bottom club St Mirren have held talks with former player Billy Davies about their vacant manager's position.
Saints chairman Gordon Scott is on the hunt for a new boss after sacking Alex Rae on Sunday.
Now he has turned to former Derby and Nottingham Forest boss Davies who enjoyed some success with the East Midlands clubs after making his name in England at Preston.
Scott met the 52-year-old - who has been out of work since being sacked by Forest in March 2014 - on Tuesday afternoon but insists he has not yet offered the controversial former Buddies midfielder the post.
He told Press Association Sport: "We've had a conversation with Billy but no more. It's still at an early stage but we have had a lot of good applications in so far.
"I haven't been in the stadium today to check but I reckon there is about 25 to 30 sitting there to be looked at.
"We had hoped to have someone in place by the time of the Falkirk game on October 1 but that is looking unlikely now.
"We will try and get things completed as soon as we can but it's important we get this decision right."
Former Rangers and Motherwell player Davies spent three years with the Paisley outfit after signing in 1987.
Youth team boss Alan McManus has been placed in temporary charge and will take the team for Saturday's trip to Dunfermline.
Rae was appointed last December but was sacked after his side failed to win any of their opening six games of the season, leaving the Saints sitting bottom of the Ladbrokes Championship.