Portadown captain Keith O'Hara has been asked to step into the breach after the resignation of long-serving manager Ronnie McFall.
O'Hara, who is the club's longest serving player having made his debut in 1999, is to oversee first-team training this evening while the club try to buy some time ahead of Saturday's Premiership meeting with Coleraine.
The Shamrock Park board have advertised the post, which was vacated by McFall after 29 years in charge in the wake of Saturday's shock Irish Cup quarter-final defeat to Championship 1 side Lurgan Celtic, but with a closing date for applications being set for March 26 they won't have a new man in charge before the weekend.
One of the essential criteria laid down is a Uefa Pro Licence, or for the applicant to be in the process of obtaining one.
There is no confirmation as yet to who will be in charge on Saturday, but 35-year-old O'Hara could well be asked to fill in then as well.
A statement from the board read: "Following tonight's board meeting it has been agreed that Keith O'Hara along with senior backroom staff and two senior players will take tomorrow night's training session.
"Further clarification on future arrangements will be released shortly."
Meanwhile, Portadown fans are the latest to turn on the club's players in the wake of McFall's resignation as manager.
Following club chairman Roy McMahon declaring that 'the players let him (McFall) down a bucketful' supporters have launched a scathing attack on the playing staff.
The team were booed off both at half-time and at the end of Saturday's Cup exit.
The Portadown Supporters Society (PSS) released a statement paying tribute to McFall, but also hit out at the players.
Their statement read: "We would like to put on record our sincere disappointment at the attitude and commitment of many of our players this season.
"Supporters demand 100 per cent commitment when players pull on a red shirt.
"This has sadly been lacking this season from many players. We feel they have let the manager and most importantly the supporters down, which is unacceptable."
On McFall's unprecedented success, the PSS said: "The PSS would like to put on record their appreciation for departing manager Ronnie McFall MBE following his resignation.
"While we feel the time was right for Ronnie to stand aside for the good of the club and to allow progression, we will not forget the success he brought to the club and the town during his tenure.
"He made supporters' wildest dreams come true with four league titles and three Irish Cups among a total haul of 23 trophies in his time as manager, the pinnacle being a double in 1991."
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