A leading figure at a group representing Hearts shareholders and fans believes Csaba László “can make a name for himself” at Dundee United.
Courier Sport understands that the Hungarian, who was in charge at Tynecastle between 2008 and 2010, will be named as the new head coach at Tannadice in the next 24 hours.
And Bill Alves, chairman of the 350-person strong Heart of Midlothian Shareholders’ Association, believes Dundee United may have the right man for the job – describing him as “dedicated” and a tactician.
László was sacked by former owner Vladimir Romanov in January 2010 despite only losing one in his previous eight league fixtures.
He had been named Scottish manager of the year in 2009 for his impressive first season at Hearts, which ended in a third place finish and a Europa League place.
Hearts were fifth in the Scottish Premiership when László was fired.
With a year and a half under his belt at the Edinburgh side, he was the longest serving manager of the Romanov era.
His family has remained settled in the capital following his spell at Hearts.
Mr Alves said the impact László made in his first season at Tynecastle is remembered fondly by fans.
He added his sacking, off the back of an unbeaten spell, had puzzled many.
He said: “I think he might be quite good for Dundee United. His family still stay in Edinburgh. As a person he was a lovely guy. If you can win nine odd games in a row and still get the sack you have got to wonder.
“He had a good first season, the second season was not so successful. He was totally dedicated, a good thinker and a nice man.
“And he’s been working since. He was manager of Lithuania after he left Hearts.
“Given some of the managers we had, he wasn’t the worst manager we ever had by any stretch of mind. I think he might do well at United.
“I think he is a thinker and a guy that was very, very dedicated. I wish him well.
“He was a dedicated guy, he’d give it 100%.
“United is a good club. He can make a name for himself there.”
Mr Alves added: “The other thing I suspect is that he’d be really pleased to be back in Scotland because his family is here. You’d expect he’d be pleased to come and work here again. I think it would suit him and therefore he’d be happy.”
Since his spell at Hearts László has been head coach of Belgian side Charleroi, the Lithuania national team and MTK Budapest.
He has most recently been in charge of Slovakia’s DAC Dunajska Streda, taking them from the relegation zone to the top of the league and setting a new league record of 16 games unbeaten. The side only narrowly missed out on Europa League qualification.