Bournemouth are close to appointing interim boss Jason Tindall as their new permanent manager, Football Insider understands.
The Cherries have received applications from the likes of Aston Villa assistant John Terry and ex-Bristol City manager Lee Johnson after Eddie Howe’s departure was confirmed on Saturday.
However, a source at Dean Court has told Football Insider that the board are planning to hand the reins to Tindall for what would be his first major managerial role.
The 42-year-old, who featured over 170 times in the league for Bournemouth as a player, had a one-year stint as player-manager at Weymouth between 2007 and 2008.
He initially returned to the south coast outfit as assistant manager to Jimmy Quinn and kept his position when Howe took charge in 2009.
The pair left the Cherries to join Burnley in 2011 but after 18 months at Turf Moor they returned to Dean Court and managed to guide the club from League One to the Premier League.
However, after a five-year spell in the top flight, the club were relegated last season and it was confirmed over the weekend that Howe had left the club by mutual consent.
It is understood there has been a lot of interest in the vacancy, with Terry and Johnson two of the more high-profile applicants.
The former England defender has been Dean Smith’s assistant since October 2018 and helped keep Aston Villa in the Premier League last season.
Johnson meanwhile has been out of work for a month after he was dismissed by Bristol City in early July.
In other Aston Villa news, one senior star has been tipped to quit the club after Everton got in touch.