Stuart Pearce is set to take the vacancy as Nottingham Forest manager in the summer, according to the BBC.
Pearce, who last managed England's under-21 side, re-opened talks with chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi this week now despite initial reluctance looks a strong favourite to the next permanent Forest boss.
The 78-capped England international is Forest fans' preferred replacement for Billy Davies, who was sacked in March, thanks to a rich history with the club.
He is regarded as one of Forest's finest ever players thanks to a 12-year association with the club, which saw him make a whopping 522 appearances.
Neil Warnock looked nailed-on to become Davies' successor last week, but the former QPR manager decided to stick to punditry when he revealed his concerns over the owner's influence on team selection, conceding that the project wasn't right for him.
Ex-Premier League managers Malky Mackay and Steve Clarke have also been linked with the post, after the pair were rather harshly sacked by Cardiff and West Brom respectively early in the campaign.
If Pearce is named Forest boss then he will have high expectations for 2014/15, with promotion the primary objective of a big club who have been away from England's top division for 14 years.
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