Eddie Howe could still be the next manager of Sheffield United.
The United board are still doing their due diligence on a list of candidates to potentially succeed Chris Wilder as boss.
However, they’ve not actually offered the job to anyone as yet.
What they have done is spoken to Howe’s agent about the prospect of him moving to Bramall Lane.
The 43-year-old has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season.
Yet Howe is in no rush to take up his next managerial position and is happy to wait until the summer.
Eddie Howe to Sheffield United?
The Blades hierarchy have a specific criteria when it comes to whom they want to replace Wilder on a permanent basis.
They would need to be happy working under a new transfer structure. And more specifically, with the board would have a say on incoming signings.
Funds are also expected to be limited next term, so working on a tight budget is also a must.
Away from transfers, promoting youth and being able to play a 3-5-2 system is also desirable.
Howe certainly ticks plenty of boxes. Plus, he has history in the Championship having led the Cherries to promotion from the division in 2015.
Howe then kept them in the top flight for five years before relegation in 2019/20.
This longevity, with him in charge of the Dorset club for 12 years across two spells, is also appealing.
Yet others are likely to be interested in Howe, including Celtic and Crystal Palace.