Former Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell has been named as one of the three favourites be the next Bolton Wanderers boss.
The Lancashire club are still searching for a successor to Neil Lennon, sacked in February, and are planning for life in League One after suffering relegation at the end of last season.
Powell, along with Steve Cotterill and Nigel Adkins, was interviewed for the position on Monday.
There were a total of 94 applicants for the position, and co-`owner Ken Anderson described it as a "high class" field.
A fourth candidate was forced to cancel his interview on Monday but Bolton hope he will be able to reschedule.
Anderson said: “We have four men on the final shortlist.
“All the candidates I spoke to have been successful at League One and Championship level and have promotions under their belt.
“Most importantly they also have a good knowledge of the players they will be inheriting and those they need to succeed at this level.
“They know what is required when you play Saturday-midweek and don’t have any international breaks.”
Powell was sacked as Huddersfield Town boss in November following 14 months in the John Smith's Stadium hotseat.
His replacement, David Wagner, has brought a more positive approach on the pitch and left a clearer feeling of optimism in the stands.
Town are already deep into the planning for next term, with three permanent first team additions already agreed - Rajiv van La Parra's loan will be made permanent, while Chris Löwe and Michael Hefele will officially join on 1 July.