Phil Neville is set to take over at his hometown club Bury, according to exclusive reports in the Sun.
The former Man Utd and England defender was coaching at Valencia last season.
Bury sacked David Flitcroff last week and the club’s chairman Stewart Day is desperate to bring in Neville, 39, to help turn their season around.
And the lure of taking over at the club which is so closely linked to the Neville family is one that is proving hard for the former Everton and England star to turn down.
Neville recently rejected the opportunity to join Steve Bruce’s backroom staff at Aston Villa, believing his next job in football has to be as a manager not coach.
At the Neville he said: “In terms of my next step, unless it’s something really special, I think I’d like to go on my own and do my own thing.
“I went out to Valencia to create my own pathway and to keep my individual learning going, and that’s where I see it really.
“Rather than going back in as an assistant or a first-team coach, even though there may be opportunities to do that, in my ideal world I’d like to be on my own and continue my development on my own.”
Now club insiders believe he could kick start both his and Bury’s season by taking the helm there.
In a town made famous by their championship winning black puddings he would be welcomed with open arms by the ‘Shakers’ faithful.