Bristol City have offered their vacant manager's position to No.2 Dean Holden with a decision expected on Monday.
The Robins have been searching for a successor to Lee Johnson for a number of weeks and at one stage Preston North End boss Alex Neil was among the favourites.
But there was no official approach and it now looks likely that Holden, who was assistant to Johnson, will make the step up.
Chris Hughton and Paul Cook have also been among the frontrunners but Neil has now dropped off the betting.
Dealing with speculation is something the Scot has learnt to deal with during his tenure as North End boss.
West Brom came sniffing for Neil's services in April last year before Nathan Jones' sacking as Stoke City boss prompted links that the 39-year-old was to leave Lancashire in favour of a move to the Potters.
But Bristol City are set to go internal and appoint interim-boss Dean Holden, who is not a hugely popular candidate with the Robins supporters.
According to our sister title Bristol Live, he has been offered the job and has taken the weekend to consider his position.
Dean Holden 4/9
Chris Hughton 5/2
Paul Cook 9/2
Ryan Lowe 11/1
Danny Cowley 14/1
Steven Gerrard 16/1