MILLWALL chairman John Berylson is jetting into the UK today to take charge of the club's search for a new manager.
Berylson and the board will nail down a fixed set of criteria for the next Den boss during a series of face-to-face meetings over the weekend.
But Lions chief executive Andy Ambler has admitted it is possible that Neil Harris, currently overseeing first team affairs with Scott Fitzgerald, could be asked to take charge until the end of the season.
Harris has stated that he does not want the job on a permanent basis but the board may decide to promote internally if other candidates fail to impress.
"There is no point hiring a manager who is not an improvement on our caretaker," Ambler said. "Is there somebody out there who inspires us to go in a certain direction?
"We are watching how the players are reacting to Neil and Scott on a day-by-day basis, and I like what I've seen at the moment. The unity seems to be better."
One possible scenario is that Harris is given the reins working alongside a technical director.
"I do think that is an option," Ambler said. "Whether it's right for this club or not, we're not sure – we debated having a technical director in the summer and we'll discuss it again.
"If we were going to create that position, we wouldn't be looking for someone to take over transfer policy, it would be more akin to what Lennie Lawrence does for Dougie Freedman at Bolton – a right hand man.
"We're not going to create a technical director position and then bring in another manager. This would be a case of leaving Neil in place with someone to help him if we don't go down a different route.
"But this is all hypothetical – it is just one of many options – and is something the board needs to discuss while the chairman is over."
Several out-of-work managers have expressed an interest – either directly or through third parties – in succeeding Steve Lomas.
Former Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff and Wolves boss Dave Jones, currently the 5/2 favourite with bookmakers, has been put forward by an agent.
However, it is believed the 57-year-old is out of the country and would not be available for an interview until next week.
Dennis Wise, Steve Claridge and Michael Appleton are keen on the post, while ex-Scotland boss Craig Levein and Oxford United's Chris Wilder are also contenders.
Neil Warnock and Ian Holloway are both eager to return to management and have plenty of experience in the division – but would be expensive options.
Having been overlooked in the summer, Gary Johnson could be reconsidered by the board.
However, sacked Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray would not be interested in the job.
Ambler added: "There are many names and applicants but some fit different categories and we have to decide now, having been through the experience of the last six months, the best way to take this club forward.
"Fundamentally this squad needs to be working towards Championship safety for the rest of this season.
"The chairman is coming over for the Southend game and we will take the opportunity to sit down and decide which direction we want to go in to take the club forward.
"As a board we have to decide whether we are going to go for a young, ambitious manager or somebody who has experience.
"Any manager that comes in at this stage has to be happy to work with the majority of the squad because January is not the time to make drastic changes.
"We need someone to galvanise the existing squad – it could be that the new manager brings in a couple of loanees."