The popular Yorkshireman, the current favourite for the job, has been linked with a number of vacancies - including Lancashire neighbours Blackburn - since he was sacked as Wolves boss last season. The former Republic of Ireland manager has enjoyed success in the npower Championship in the past, winning promotion with Sunderland in 2004/05.
McLeish has been out of work since the summer when he was relieved of his duties at Aston Villa after narrowly avoiding relegation. The Scot had a sour relationship with the Villa fans during his only season in charge after leaving bitter rivals Birmingham. However, McLeish knows what it takes to win promotion to the Barclays Premier League, leading Blues to the top flight during the 2008/09 season.
Curbishley, currently working as a TV pundit, has failed to land a job since resigning as West Ham boss in 2008. He performed admirably at Charlton, though, winning two promotions and consolidating the Addicks as a Premier League outfit.
Redknapp, the leading contender for the England job before Roy Hodgson's appointment, has been at the forefront of speculation for various vacancies since leaving Tottenham in the summer. The 65-year-old, currently undertaking an advisory role at npower League One Bournemouth, won promotion to the Premier League with Portsmouth in 2003.
Hill, who was born and currently lives in Bolton, has worked wonders at Rochdale and now Barnsley on shoe-string budgets. Although he would undoubtedly be seen as an outside contender, Hill was recently linked with the vacant position at neighbours Blackburn and could well be on Wanderers' radar.