Steve Bruce is leading the race to become new Aston Villa manager, but his appointment could be met with disdain by supporters.
Between 2001 and 2007, Bruce managed the Villans’ fierce cross-town rivals Birmingham City.
Since then, he has managed Wigan, Sunderland and most recently Hull, where he resigned after the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League.
Villa are currently under the new management of owner Tony Xia, who purchased the club from then embattled Randy Lerner.
Bruce’s appointment could further anger fans who, carrying on from last season, are displeased by the state of the Midlands club.
The Daily Mail reports Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner are also in the running.
Villa sacked Roberto Di Matteo on Monday after the Italian was unable to revive their faltering start to life in the Championship.
Under Di Matteo, Villa won just one match in the league, drawing seven and losing three, a record that sees them sitting in a lowly 19th.
Assistant Steve Clarke is currently in charge on a caretaker basis.