Derby chairman of football Adam Pearson has confirmed he has contacted Burton about the possibility of Nigel Clough becoming the club's new manager.
Clough, whose late father Brian managed Derby between 1967 and 1973 and led them to the old Division One title in 1972, has been heavily tipped to make the short switch to Pride Park to fill the Rams' vacant managerial post after Paul Jewell resigned a week ago.
"Certainly Nigel has got lots of attributes you look for in a manager and I have spoken to (Burton chairman) Ben Robinson about him," Pearson said.
"But I speak to him often anyway because of the close connection between the two clubs. We did have a chat about Nigel but that is as far as it has gone.
"There are certainly other candidates on our shortlist but he is one who is on our very small radar."
Chris Hutchings has been placed in temporary control of first-team affairs while Jewell's successor is found.
He oversaw Derby's slender 4-3 victory at non-league Forest Green in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and will remain in charge for Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United at Pride Park.
Pearson insists he remains a contender for the job, adding: "He is still very much in the frame. He came through a tricky test admirably on Saturday, especially given the start to the game that we had in going 2-0 down.
"He prepared the team well and the training ground is buoyant, so for that alone he is on the shortlist."
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