Hull City chairman Adam Pearson expects to name the club's new manager by Wednesday morning - but has ruled former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley out of the running.
The Tigers today parted company with Phil Brown after a run of four successive defeats, and Curbishley was immediately named as one of the favourites for the position along with Gary Megson.
Pearson revealed on Radio Humberside there are "about five" managers on his shortlist for the job, and also admitted: "We're probably looking at a deal to the end of the season. We will then ascertain where we are and what we've got financially before committing further than that.
"Alan is a fantastic manager but it needs to be someone we can get in on a nine-game basis. He is not on that list."
He would not be drawn on Megson, who now heads the betting.
Pearson continued: "We want the new manager operational by Thursday, we will do it promptly and would expect to be able to make a decision tomorrow night. We expect there will be an announcement at the latest by Wednesday morning."