Fulham are believed to have set their sights on making Martin O'Neill their next manager following Mark Hughes' surprise departure.
Ironically, Hughes had been linked with the Northern Irishman's old job with Aston Villa but sources close to the former Manchester United striker are claiming those rumours are not true.
Hughes has also rejected the suggestion he had another job lined up prior to his exit from Fulham, despite Villa's need for a new man to replace Gerard Houllier.
Ajax manager Martin Jol, who almost took over at Craven Cottage last year, is another candidate strongly fancied for the post along with Carlo Ancelotti, who has previously expressed his desire to continue managing in the Premier League following his sacking from Chelsea.
Ex-Cottagers midfielder Lee Clark, now managing at Huddersfield, and former England boss Steve McClaren are two other names believed to be in the frame.