Gianfranco Zola has been tipped to manage Nottingham Forest should the Championship club move to replace Philippe Montanier.
According to the Sun on Sunday, former Watford and West Ham boss Zola is currently out of work and is reportedly an acquaintance of Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi.
Forest sit 19th in the Championship table after their 2-1 home defeat to Cardiff City on Saturday.
Zola was said to be in the frame for the Forest manager’s job when Billy Davies was sacked in 2014, before Stuart Pearce was appointed in the hot seat, and the ex-Napoli, Parma and Chelsea forward was among the bookies’ favourites to replace Dougie Freedman in the summer before Montanier arrived.
Montanier, who signed a two-year deal with the club at the end of June, has a record of six wins, three draws and eight defeats in his first 17 games in charge at the City Ground.
The Reds made a promising start to the season under the Frenchman, winning five of their opening seven matches, but they have claimed victory in just one of their last 10 games.