Championship strugglers Sunderland are closing in on the appointment of former Manchester United legend Roy Keane as their new manager.
Black Cats chairman Niall Quinn had been in charge of team affairs since the start of the season, but stepped aside after a dismal 2-0 Carling Cup reverse at Bury.
Quinn has now turned to his former Republic of Ireland team-mate to try and arrest the club's decline.
"You have to bring that winning mentality into the dressing room," Quinn commented.
"If you look at the games Sunderland have lost in the last few years, it's horrendous, it makes awful reading. Psychologically there is no way the players couldn't be scarred.
"We have to bring somebody in who can lift all that and bring a winning mentality into that dressing room and then to let it flow into the stadium itself.
"The fans have to see evidence of a winning mentality returning. When the fans start to believe, the whole thing lifts."
A club statement further confirmed: "The club is in discussions with a high-profile figure and is hopeful an announcement will be made in the near future."
Keane has been out of the game since the end of last season, when he ended a six-month stay with SPL champions Celtic.