Glentoran have completed the formal interview process with candidates wanting to become the club's new manager and plan to make an appointment before next Wednesday's European play-off game.
The Belfast Telegraph revealed last month that former Rangers duo Nacho Novo and Bob Malcolm plus ex-Northern Ireland skipper Steve Lomas and Irish FA Elite Performance Coach Darren Murphy would sit down and speak to members of the Glentoran board.
It is understood that has now happened with Malcolm and Murphy the latest to be interviewed on Wednesday.
Club insiders suggest that Lomas, previously in charge of St Johnstone and Millwall, is the favourite but Malcolm and Murphy also impressed with their visions for the future.
Novo, who played for the Glens last season, was favourite among many fans but is now considered an outsider to land the job which he also applied for in 2016 before Gary Haveron moved into the Oval office.
It is believed chairman Stephen Henderson did not take part in the formal interview process but findings and recommendations from the panel will be relayed to him.
• CURTIS Allen's appeal against the red card he received against Dungannon Swifts has been rejected by the IFA Disciplinary Panel, meaning he will serve a three-match ban.
This means Allen will miss Glentoran's Europa League play-off and the subsequent match should they win.