Jason Tindall is the leading candidate for the Bournemouth job following Eddie Howe’s departure.
The 42-year-old, who worked with Howe for 11 years as his assistant, has been caretaker manager this week and is set to land the job on a permanent basis.
Howe’s second spell at the Vitality Stadium came to an end at the weekend then he left by mutual consent. He had worked with Tindall since 2009 and they briefly worked together at Burnley between the two periods on the south coast.
Chief executive Neill Blake, technical director Richard Hughes and owner Maxim Demin have been discussing the right manager to get the club back into the Premier League following relegation and Tindall offers continuity from Howe’s reign.
Tindall was a player at the club from for eight years, until 2006, then returned as assistant manager where he was assistant to Jimmy Quinn and then Howe.
The managerial partnership kept Bournemouth in the Premier League for five years following promotion and his appointment would avoid completely restarting and changing the structure of the club.
They have already lost Ryan Fraser after he ran down his contract, then agreed a deal with Manchester City for Nathan Ake to move to the Etihad Stadium. Tindall will also have players such as Callum Wilson who want to the play in the Premier League next season to boost their England chances ahead of Euro 2021.
With his time working at the club, he will know which young players cope with Championship football next season when they will look to follow in the footsteps of Fulham by bouncing straight back.
Howe, 42, is now expected to take a period of time away from football following a tiring season, which came after working continually for 11 years after first replacing Quinn.