Bosses at West Bromwich Albion have revealed they have narrowed down their choices to replace former manager Steve Clarke.
Clarke was sacked earlier this month following four consecutive defeats, including a 1-0 loss to Cardiff which left the club just two points above the relegation zone.
Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said they were "making progress" in the process, and paid tribute to interim manager Keith Downing alongside the coaching staff and players for their support during the tough period.
We have identified suitable candidates to work within our existing structure.
This is a confidential process and it is inevitable there will be speculation about whom may be under consideration.
We are now progressing through the interview and short-listing stage. We plan to make an appointment at the earliest opportunity but our primary concern is recruiting the most suitable individual.
We are grateful for the professional manner in which Keith Downing, the coaching staff and the players have approached the last two games.
Keith remains in charge for tomorrow’s game at West Ham United and until an appointment has been made.