CHIEF executive Andy Ambler has dismissed reports that ex-Liverpool defender Markus Babbel is on the verge of being named as Millwall's new manager.
Two national newspapers claimed on Thursday that the 40-year-old had landed the job – despite the fact that interviews for the vacancy do not begin until tomorrow.
Babbel, who has previously managed Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim in Germany, is a name of interest to the Lions board, but they are not close to appointing Kenny Jackett's successor.
Chairman John Berylson has admitted European candidates will be interviewed for the post.
But Ambler told the club's official site: "It is true we now have a short list of some half a dozen candidates and the interviewing process will begin at the end of this week.
"No decision is likely to be made within the next ten days or so, and indeed I would anticipate that we would speak to some candidates more than once before we are ready to make an appointment.
"We quite understand that there is media excitement about the vacancy at a time when there is not much going on in the world of football, but our fans can rest assured that we will keep them informed if and when there are any developments.
"They should be wary of jumping to any conclusions based on what they may read or hear elsewhere. The reality is that the process is just getting underway and at this stage there is no preferred candidate."