Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has admitted that he hopes to have a new manager in place by the weekend.
Palace parted company with former manager Ian Holloway towards the end of October after a humiliating 4-0 home drubbing at the hands of fellow strugglers Fulham continued a woeful start to the season for the newly-promoted Eagles.
Many names have been linked with the vacant position at Selhurst Park, with the likes of Aitor Karanka, Rene Meulensteen, Iain Dowie, Chris Coleman and Tony Pulis all previously thought to be in the running.
The former two can be ruled out now however, with Karanka - a former assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid - being appointed as manager of Championship outfit Middlesbrough and Meulensteen joining the Cottagers.
"We're getting closer," Parish was quoted by Sky Sports.
"It's quite fluid at the moment. It's gone on a lot longer than we thought. We're talking to lots of people, getting lots of references. We are quite close."
"It's a difficult decision, important we get it right. We thought we would have somebody by Tuesday or Wednesday. That hasn't transpired, but hopefully by the weekend, so they have a good week to work with the players before the (Hull) game.
"Once we get to the point of making an offer, a decision is made. We are not talking to anyone where finances are a problem.
"It would be nice to do it on Saturday. It depends on complications - where they are physically, location. We've made no no secret... one or two people abroad. All will be revealed soon," he added.
Crystal Palace currently sit bottom of the Premier League table, with just four points from their first 11 games.
They return to action following the international break with a trip to fellow newcomers Hull City on November 23.
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