Keith Curle is in advanced talks to become the new Oldham Athletic manager, Football Insider understands.
Harry Kewell was sacked on Sunday after just seven months in charge.
A source has told Football Insider Oldham have lined up Curle to take over at the League Two club and a deal is being discussed meaning he could be appointed in the coming days.
The 57-year-old could become the ninth permanent manager appointed under Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam since he took over in January 2018.
No manager has seen out a full season in charge of Oldham Athletic since Lee Johnson in the 2014/15 season.
Kewell‘s reign at Boundary Park came to an end at the weekend with the club on a run of just one win in their last six games.
He had a win rate of 41 per cent – the highest of any Lemsagam’s eight appointments.
Oldham sit in 16th in League Two 10 points above the relegation zone with 14 games left in the season.
Curle left Northampton Town last month after guiding them to promotion to League One through the play-offs last season.
The Cobblers were second from bottom after recording just six wins and scoring 20 goals in their first 26 games.
The ex-England defender has over 500 games under his belt as manager under his belt in spells in charge of Mansfield Town, Chester City, Torquay United, Notts County, Carlisle United and Northampton.