Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook has been given permission to hold talks with St Johnstone after joint caretaker boss Jody Morris ruled himself out of the running for the vacancy.
Derek McInnes' recent departure for Bristol City has left St Johnstone looking for a new boss, with captain Morris and Under 19 coach Alec Cleland in temporary charge.
The search to appoint McInnes' successor appears to be gathering pace after Irish club Sligo gave Cook the green light to discuss the role.
Cook has previously had a spell as manager of Southport and represented the likes of Wolves and Burnley during a lengthy playing career.
The move for Cook comes after Morris confirmed he wanted to continue to focus on his playing career rather than be considered for the McDiarmid Park position.
The midfielder told Saints' official website: "I still thoroughly enjoy playing and I'm keen to do that for as long as possible.
"I want stay in football beyond my playing career but for the moment I want to be out there on the pitch.
"However, I'll continue to work with Alec for as long as is required until an appointment is made."