Former Hull City manager Phil Brown is interested in becoming the Lincoln City boss, the Echo can reveal.
According to sources in the north east the former Bolton chief has applied to become David Holdsworth's successor after he left the club by mutual consent last week.
Brown has been out of work since leaving Preston North End in December 2011, but is eager for a return to management after working as a TV pundit.
The 53-year-old is best known for guiding Hull to the Premier League in 2008 when they beat Bristol City in the Championship play-off final.
He subsquently kept the Tigers up crowning it as his best managerial achievement.
However he left the club in June 2010 having been put on gardening leave four months earlier.
He then took charge of Preston North End in January 2011, but left in December having failed to save the club from relegation from the Championship.
Brown's interest in the job makes him the highest profile candidate to date, although Gary Simpson, the former Macclesfield boss is still favourite for the role.
Grant Brown is also among the contenders having been given the job in a caretaker capacity.
City chairman Bob Dorrian returned from a break yesterday and the club are hoping to make an announcement this week.