Chris Hughton features on a three-man short-list drawn up by Fulham's "managerial search committee" as the Championship club seek to replace Felix Magath, who was sacked last month after a miserable start to life in the second tier.
The Fulham owner, Shahid Khan, appointed a five-man panel - consisting of Niall Quinn, Danny Murphy, Brian McBride, Huw Jennings and David Daly- to advise him on potential candidates for the role at the end of September, with that group having met regularly in the period since.
It is understood they have now forwarded their three recommendations to the chairman for interview, with former Irish international Hughton included in that number. Some bookmakers suspended betting on Hughton getting the job yesterday.
The former Newcastle and Birmingham City manager was sacked by Norwich City towards the end of last season just before they were demoted, alongside Fulham, to the Championship.
He made his desire to return to management at Craven Cottage immediately clear and was offered encouragement to apply for the role, with Fulham impressed by his credentials particularly given the success he has enjoyed in mounting promotion campaigns in the past.
Khan is expected to oversee the interview process, along with the chief executive Alistair Mackintosh, in the hope an appointment can be made next week.