OWEN Coyle has emerged as the favourite to take over from sacked Sean O'Driscoll at Nottingham Forest with Roy Keane and Roberto Di Matteo also in the frame.
Keane, who was overlooked by the club owners back in July when O'Driscoll was appointed, watched from the director's box while Forest handed out a St Stephen's Day hammering to Leeds United.
Sources suggest that the owners of the club were unaware he was at the City Ground until after the game.
A statement from Forest owners Abdulaziz Al Hasawi and Fawaz Al Hasawi said: "We are looking for an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.
"The timing of our decision may look a little odd after the win over Leeds, but sometimes you need to make changes with the long-term future in mind.
"Sometimes those changes need to be made from a position of strength rather than weakness and that is what we are trying to do."