Former Sheffield United defender David Unsworth is a candidate for the vacant managerial position at Carlisle, The Star understands.
Sources close to the Cumbrian club, which parted company with Greg Abbott earlier this week, report Unsworth is among several names being considered for the role alongside caretaker chief Graham Kavanagh.
Kavanagh, previously of Stoke City, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday, is overseeing Carlisle’s preparations for Saturday’s meeting with United at Brunton Park.
But Unsworth, who assisted Chris Morgan when the 35-year-old temporarily took charge of Bramall Lane’s first team affairs towards the end of last term, is also in the frame after forging an impressive reputation in coaching circles.
Kilmarnock tried to appoint Unsworth, aged 39, during the close season but he declined their invitation to succeed Kenny Shiels.
Having left his position with United’s academy on the eve of the new League One campaign, Unsworth was recently named as assistant manager of Everton’s under-21’s.
Unsworth, who made 40 appearances for United after arriving from Portsmouth, was a member of the squad which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2006.