Last Updated: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:06
West Brom are reportedly hoping to announce a new manager before this weekend's Premier League trip to face Southampton.
The Baggies have been without a boss since Steve Clarke was sacked on December 15 on the back of four successive Premier League defeats.
Keith Downing has been in charge on an interim basis since, but he has previously stated that he does not want to take the job full time.
Several potential candidates have subsequently been ruled out of the running with former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay thought to be a non-starter because he is attempting to secure compensation from the Bluebirds before taking his next step into management.
Reports in Spain suggested that former Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar had been granted a second interview and was close to agreeing a deal at the Hawthorns. But it seems he has also been discounted from the role at this moment in time as has German coach Mirko Slomka, who is a free agent after his sacking at Hannover last month.
But with Albion's selection committee meeting up after Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace, reports are suggesting they are close to making a decision and will look to recruit the new man this week.
Meanwhile striker Shane Long has spoken out to urge the club's hierarchy to make an appointment sooner rather than later.
He said in the Birmingham Mail: "Obviously Keith and Dean (Kiely) have come in and done a terrific job. They got six points from the four games and they've done very well but yes we'd like a bit of clarity, not least for the players to understand what the rules will be under a new manager.
"It's always a new lease of life because people want to impress him but the lads are playing well for Keith and that's important too so if he stays a bit longer that's good too."
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