Dundee have confirmed they will start interviewing candidates for their vacant manager post later this week.
The club were inundated with applications following Jim McIntyre’s sacking two Sundays ago and have been whittling down the lengthy list ever since.
Youth coach James McPake took temporary charge of the first team on Saturday against St Mirren and would like the job on a permanent basis.
Dundee are also understood to have asked Inverness permission to speak to their manager John Robertson but the Highland club have rejected that approach.
However, there was no specific mention of that development in the Dundee statement which reads: “The club can provide the following update on the current manager situation.
“We have been inundated with applications since the role became available and in the past week have narrowed down our list of potential targets for the first round of interviews which will take place this week.
“Some of the candidates are currently employed by other clubs and we requested permission to speak to them as part of the initial process.
“The overall process is ongoing and we are striving to have the best man in place in the very near future.”