Shay Given believes Paul Lambert would be 'a great appointment' for Aston Villa were he to be handed the club's managerial reins.
It is understood that Lambert's representatives are meeting with Villa Park officials on Thursday to discuss their vacant post.
Numerous names have been linked with the role in the wake of Alex McLeish's dismissal at the end of a forgettable 2011/12 campaign, but Lambert is considered to be the leading candidate.
He is currently in charge of Norwich, a side he has guided to back-to-back promotions and cemented in the Premier League during his time at Carrow Road.
The Scot has made no secret of his ambition and Villa hope they can convince him to take on the challenge of turning their fortunes around.
Given would like to see Lambert at the helm by the time he returns from Euro 2012 duty with the Republic of Ireland, with the experienced keeper urging his domestic employers to make an appointment as quickly as possible.
"If that's the case - I have no idea because I'm stuck in Italy somewhere and don't know what's going on at Aston Villa - but if Paul was to come in, it would be a great appointment because he's a fantastic manager," Given told Sky Sports News HD.
"At every club he's been at he's been going up all the time so, hopefully if they can get that done today, it would be great news for the club.
"The sooner the manager is in place for next season the better because there will be targets and players he wants to get in himself. The sooner that's done the better. "