Dundee United hope to begin interviewing candidates for their managerial vacancy as early as this weekend.
There has been no shortage of hopefuls looking to replace Robbie Neilson but the Tangerines’ sporting director Tony Asghar is understood to have compiled a compact group of serious contenders.
United have been active in pursuing people they have pinpointed as capable of leading the club back into the Premiership rather waiting on applications, working under the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus lockdown.
Former St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has been waiting to see if he has won the race to be the next Northern Ireland gaffer.
Even if his bid to manage his country is unsuccessful, Wright may still not fancy the United job because of a desire to be his own man instead of working under the kind of managerial structure in place at Tannadice.
Current Tangerines’ assistant Lee McCulloch has taken over from Wright as favourite with some bookies but there is still a chance he will join Neilson at Hearts.
Other names to have been linked with United are Dundee-born Stephen Glass, who coaches Atlanta United 2 in the US, Livingston’s Gary Holt, ex-Ross County boss Derek Adams, former Arsenal goalie Jens Lehmann, Croatian coach Marijo Tot and former United and Scotland manager Craig Levein.