CHIEF executive Andy Ambler insists Millwall "will not preclude anyone" from applying for the manager's job at The Den following Kenny Jackett's resignation.
Ambler has been pleasantly surprised by both the quality and volume of applications he has received so far but says the Lions board are not working to a fixed set of criteria.
Applicants without experience of managing in the Championship before, or even those from abroad, would all be considered, Ambler added.
However, NewsAtDen understands that the bookmakers' current odds-on favourite, former Millwall star and current QPR coach Marc Bircham, is very unlikely to be in the running.
Other names popular with the bookies, Bournemouth's Eddie Howe and Burnley's Sean Dyche, are both believed to have expensive compensation clauses built into their contracts, making them potentially unrealistic options.
Ambler said: "The board is far more experienced than it was six years ago, when Kenny was appointed. As a club, we're in a much better position to attract good applicants than we were the last time we appointed a manager.
"We are inviting applications and we have had a lot already. People who want to put their name forward have still got the ability to do so. What we're not doing is limiting or putting a criteria out there.
"We are not saying you must have this, you must have that, you must be this age, you must be up-and-coming, you must be experienced or anything like that. That would limit the application process. There's no check-list.
"We are open and we have got time. We will wait until we think we've had all of the applications and then we will sit down as a board and discuss the process from there.
"We then need to look at what kind of person we are going to go for from the applicants list and decide whether we are going to approach another club if there's someone we want whose in a job already, which we may or may not do.
"We're keeping this process as open as possible in order http://vhealthportal.com/product-category/antiallergic-asthma/ that we don't preclude anybody from putting their name forward. That's not what we're about.
"We'd like somebody in place before everyone is backing in training, which will be the end of June. I think we can work to that deadline. If possible we would [make an appointment sooner]."
In the meantime, Ambler says, the Lions' directors are working towards whittling down the pool of applicants into a manageable shortlist of candidates to interview.
"A lot depends on the quality of the applicants," he said. "If we think there are a dozen people that warrant meeting with, even if that prolongs the process, we'll do it. If we narrow it down to a shortlist of six, then it's six. To me, around about eight is a reasonable figure.
"For all we know, an absolutely outstanding candidate could apply in the next two or three days that blows everybody out of the way. But the process has begun and we don't want to preclude anyone who is interested in the role.
"I'm positive about it at the moment because I think we are going to have several strong candidates capable of taking the club forward and the list of applicants so far reflects that."
Ambler once again reiterated that Millwall would take their time to appoint Jackett's successor and rejected claims that the club's prospects for next season could be hampered by a drawn-out recruitment process.
"People in football disappear on their holidays at the end of the season so I don't think it's the case that players who are free agents will have already been snapped up," he said. "A lot of them wait to see what offers they have.
"At the same time, business carries on at Millwall. We're still meeting with a couple of our players that we want to re-sign and if Kenny had been working on something – and I am not saying he was – we would still be on top of that.
"Obviously that's all easier with a manager in place but we will continue in the meantime."