Malky Mackay looks set to be the new manager of Crystal Palace, after Iain Moody, the club's sporting director, won the day for the man he once worked with at Cardiff City.
The former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, as well as Glenn Hoddle, were sounded out for the job by co-owner Steve Parish.
Sherwood met Parish, Moody and Palace's chief executive, Phil Alexander, on Sunday morning, and has since returned to Spain, where he is on holiday.
The sense given by the club was that Mackay was always the favourite for the role and that other interviewees were regarded as long shots in the thinking of Parish, who rates Moody highly.
The previous manager Tony Pulis left Palace last week because he was unconvinced that Parish and Moody were trying hard enough to secure his transfer targets.
The club felt that those targets were unrealistic.
Palace have made just three signings this summer – Fraizer Campbell, Brede Hangeland and Martin Kelly – and are keen to bring in more players, something they felt they were unable to do with Pulis setting his sights so high.