Nottingham Forest's new owners have confirmed they have held talks with Mick McCarthy about the vacant managerial post at the City Ground.
The Al-Hasawi family took control of Forest last week, sacking Steve Cotterill immediately.
The new owners, who aim to get the Midlands club back in the Premier League, were unveiled at a press conference on Saturday.
At the media gathering Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi, one of the owners, said they had opened talks with McCarthy.
Al Hasawi added: "We have interviewed some people on the phone but we're starting to see people face to face and you get a much better impression when you see them face to face. They are more comfortable and can speak more openly."
– Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi, Nottingham Forest FC
"We are looking for somebody with a strong CV, with a lot of experience. We want somebody who has good, strong character to come in and inspire the players."
"Mick is one of the people we are talking to, but there are others. If he meets our requirements, we would be honoured to work with Mick," said Al-Hasawi.
Former Republic of Ireland boss McCarthy was sacked by Wolves at the end of last season following relegation from the Premier League after almost six years at Molineux.
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson and former Forest midfielder Roy Keane are also thought to be contenders to replace Cotterill, who was dismissed on Thursday.