Sheffield United could unveil David Weir as their new manager within the next 24 hours.
The former Scotland international is believed to have spent the weekend meeting Bramall’s Lane hierarchy after being interviewed for the post on Friday.
And, barring a last minute change of heart, Weir is expected to take charge of the League One club providing he agrees personal terms.
The Star understands that, despite reports to the contrary, the 43-year-old featured on the original list of names drawn-up by United officials following Danny Wilson’s departure in April.
However, it was not until earlier this month that Weir held face to face talks with members of the selection panel charged with identifying Wilson’s successor.
Everton, where Weir has been employed as a coach since February last year, have indicated they will not block the move in recognition of his service to Goodison Park.
Weir, who started his career at Falkirk, made over 250 appearances for the Liverpudlians before returning north of the border with Glasgow Rangers six years ago.
He enjoyed a brief spell training at Shirecliffe ahead of his appointment to Everton’s coaching staff.
David Moyes, who recently replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, had investigated the possibility of luring Weir to Old Trafford before accepting his compatriot wanted to enter the world of management.
Michael Appleton, Keith Curle and Robert Page have also been interviewed for the role within the past fortnight while Gareth Southgate, previously of Middlesbrough and the Football Association, Stuart McCall and John Hughes are known to have discussed the vacant position together with Chris Morgan.
United’s first team coach was handed the reins on a temporary basis following Wilson’s exit and outlined his desire to secure them permanently during the immediate aftermath of last season’s play-off semi-final defeat by Yeovil Town.