Former Fulham manager Mark Hughes and ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti are the favourites to succeed Gerard Houllier as manager of Aston Villa.
Hughes walked out on Fulham on Thursday after failing to renew his contract at Craven Cottage.
Ancelotti meanwhile, was sacked as Chelsea boss following the club's final league game of the season away at Everton.
The Italian manager, after winning the league and cup double in his first season in English football, failed to bring the Champions League to Stamford Bridge in either of his two seasons at the helm, a trophy craved for by owner Roman Abramovich.
Welshman Hughes, whop has also managed Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City, said after his departure from The Whites: "I hope the supporters and all those connected to the club will understand that as a young, ambitious manager I wish to move on to further my experiences."
Other contenders for the job include Steve McClaren, who has spent the previous two season managing abroad with FC Twente, with whom he won the club's first Eredivisie title in their history, and then Wolfsburg, where he was sacked in February.
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez, Everton boss David Moyes and Bolton Wanderers' Owen Coyle are also in the running, and the trio have been noted for bringing the best out of their inferior squads.