Huddersfield academy chief Mark Lillis is among the names being linked with the managerial vacancy at Scunthorpe.
The League II club, who currently have Town striker Jimmy Spencer on loan, parted company with ex-Town defender Brian Laws in the wake of Tuesday’s FA Cup defeat by Grimsby.
Lillis, 53, is both a former player and assistant manager at Scunthorpe.
He has managed Halifax and has broad coaching experience, having also worked at Macclesfield, Derby, Stockport and Morecambe as well as for Northern Ireland.
Lillis is in his third spell at Town after both playing for the club (for eight years between 1977-85) and working as youth team coach in the mid-nineties.
It’s two years since he became academy manager, and he has won many admirers, with the Under 18s currently top of the Professional Development League II North section having lost just once in 12 games ahead of Saturday’s away game at Barnsley (11.00).
Town have also achieved their aim of gaining academy category two status under the new Elite Player Performance Plan during Lillis’ tenure.
Lillis also had a stint as Town caretaker manager after the departure of Simon Grayson last season, presiding over five games, including a crucial home Championship win over Crystal Palace, a draw with league leaders Cardiff and an FA Cup fourth-round victory at Leicester.
Other names being linked with the Scunthorpe job include Danny Wilson, Nick Barmby, Paul Jewell and former Glanford Park players Steve Housham (boss of Gainsborough Trinity), Ian Baraclough (manager of Sligo Rovers) and Andy Crosby (assistant to former Scunthorpe chief Nigel Adkins at Reading).