Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, are due to make a rare appearance at the club's Carrington training base on Friday as plans to appoint David Moyes’ successor gather pace.
Goal understands staff at Carrington have been primed to expect a visit from brothers Joel, Avram, and Bryan, who will meet with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to discuss plans to replace Moyes, whose ill-fated nine-month reign was terminated on Tuesday.
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Ferguson is understood to have played no role in the decision to dispense with Moyes but had been surprised by his fellow Scot’s failure to stamp his authority on the position in recent weeks.
Moyes is believed to have agreed a £10 million severance package with the reigning Premier League champions and is understood to be planning a holiday in Dubai before deciding upon his own next move.
United, meanwhile, have been quick to identify their primary targets and have already met with Louis van Gaal, the Dutch national team boss who has told friends he is "very keen" on taking over at Old Trafford when his stint in charge of the Netherlands finishes after the World Cup.
Jurgen Klopp has also been approached by United but the Borussia Dortmund manager publicly distanced himself from the job on Tuesday morning.
"Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans," Klopp was quoted as saying in the Guardian. "But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."
Ryan Giggs has been placed in caretaker charge of the club until the end of the season but his lack of managerial experience is likely to count against him in the coming weeks as United prepare to make their second appointment in a year.