David Jeffrey has emerged as the frontrunner for the vacant Ballymena United manager’s job.
The Sky Blues have been looking for a new boss since the dismissal of Glenn Ferguson earlier this week.
The former Linfield manager has been out of football since stepping down from his position at the end of the 2013-14 season.
But United officials are keen to lure the former Blues boss back into management.
Times Sport understands that preliminary discussions have already taken place between United officials and Jeffrey, who also enjoyed a glittering career as a player at Linfield.
Jeffrey is the most successful Irish League manager of the modern era after landing 31 trophies during his 17-year stint at Windsor Park.
During his sabbatical from management, Jeffrey has remained heavily involved in the Irish League scene, taking in matches in a spectating capacity and through his work as a media pundit.
Earlier this season, he was guest speaker at a Ballymena United corporate lunch, where he took part in a question and answer session with Jackie Fullerton.
On that occasion he stated that he would not rule out a return to management but only if a suitable opportunity arose.
He also spoke of his admiration for Ballymena United at that function.
Ballymena have no match this weekend but Showgrounds officials are keen to have a new manager in place before the club’s next league game, away to Danske Bank Premiership champions Crusaders on March 12.