Chris Hughton and Mick McCarthy are both reportedly interested in becoming manager of Bristol City.
Lee Johnson, who had held the reins as Aston Gate for the past four-and-a-half years, was sacked by the Championship side on Saturday.
Sky Sports reports that Hughton is 'excited' by the possibility of succeeding Johnson and believes that 'with the right backing' he could lead the club to the Premier League.
The 61-year-old has been out of work since the end of last season when he was let go by Brighton. Hughton said last month that he has had offers in the meantime but was waiting for a role which felt right.
The Sun reported over the weekend that McCarthy also has his eye on the job. McCarthy, also 61, departed as Ireland manager in April following the delaying for the Euro 2020 playoffs due to Covid-19. He had been due to remain as Ireland manager until the completion of Ireland's Euro 2020 campaign.
According to Bristol Live, Wigan manager Paul Cook, Swindon Town manager Richie Wellens and Aston Villa assistant John Terry are all in the mix to take over at Bristol.
It's said the club is looking for a 'hands-on coach' whose influence will be on the training pitch rather than in the transfer market.
Bristol City are currently 12th in the Championship, nine points off the playoff places with five games to play. Dean Holden will take charge of the club when they play Hull on Wednesday evening.
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