CHIEF executive Andy Ambler insists Millwall are prepared to pay compensation for their new manager if they believe the right man is at another club.
The Lions are considering a number of candidates from League One and League Two for the position, vacated by Kenny Jackett earlier this month, and Ambler says the board are willing to fund a deal for someone already in a job.
Millwall will seek permission to interview a manager under contract elsewhere before taking their interest in him any further, Ambler added.
"We'll do things properly," he said. "We are going to be consistent with how we would want to be dealt with. We'll make sure people who are interviewed are done so in the right way.
"But we're not afraid of paying compensation if we have to – we had to do that for Kenny when he left Manchester City.
"If we think someone at another club is the right man for the job, we'll deal with that."
The Lions, who are aiming to make an appointment within the next ten days, started interviewing last week. Candidates met with a three-man panel consisting of chairman John Berylson and directors Trevor Keyse and Constantine Gonticas.
Ambler said: "The people that are seriously in our thoughts will already have done their homework on us in terms of which players they do and don’t rate in the squad.
"They are the sort of people that will impress in an interview – the ones that can say 'this is what I would like to do if you gave me these tools'. That’s what we want to hear.
"The players are back on June 27 and I’d like to think the new manager would have a couple of weeks to find his feet before they start pre-season."