Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg has revealed that the club began a tentative search for a replacement for boss Paul Jewell several weeks ago.
Jewell left the Suffolk side earlier today after they sank to the bottom of the Championship.
– Simon Clegg, speaking to Ipswich's official website
I don't want to give too much away at this moment in time but we do realise that the next appointment is a very important one for us.
Already Marcus [Evans, the club's owner] and I have been brainstorming for a number of weeks what would happen if we got to this scenario.
We're not waking up this morning completely cold going in to trying to find a new manager.
That process, in some respects, has started by the identification of the various candidates and now those discussions will be ramped up going forward.