Alnwick Town chairman Tom McKie has said there has been plenty of interest in the vacant manager’s post, but the club has one firm target in mind.
The position at the Northern League, Division Two side is up for grabs following the departure of Paul Yeadon last week.
McKie didn’t want to reveal who was in contention to take over the reins, but told the Gazette that discussions were ongoing in a bid for the club to land its man.
Whatever happens, it is unlikely that there will be a formal announcement before a committee meeting on Sunday – the day after the St James’ Park side host South Shields.
McKie, who took over the chairman’s role in 2008, said: “There has been a lot of interest and we have had a number of CVs in for the post, which have come from both Northumberland and Durham.
“We have been encouraged by the response.
“There is one person in particular that the club is keen on and talks are ongoing.”
Steve Mullen took temporary charge of Alnwick on Saturday against Whickham.
Despite a spirited and largely dominant display, which saw them hit the woodwork on numerous occasions, Town went down 3-0.
It condemned them to their seventh straight Northern League defeat.