Blackburn Rovers will draw up their list of managerial candidates on Thursday after receiving more than 20 significant applications which could include Alan Shearer.
The one-time Premier League champions, who were relegated to the Championship last season, have been without a boss since Steve Kean quit at the end of September.
A number of names have been linked with the job at Ewood Park, including former striker Shearer and ex-captain Tim Sherwood from their title-winning team of 1994/95.
Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson is another man who has been reported about regarding Rovers, along with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paris Saint Germain's English coach, Paul Clement.
Blackburn's global advisor, Shebby Singh, has admitted the level of high-calibre interest in the job has been a "pleasant surprise" but he is refusing to reveal candidates ahead of the club deciding their shortlist for interviews.
Asked whether Shearer has applied, Singh told Sky Sports News: "At this moment in time, to be fair to everyone, I will not reveal any names."
But it would appear Eriksson, who has been working as technical director at Thai club BEC Tero Sasana, has yet to make contact with Blackburn.
"You cannot ask a man of Sven Goran Eriksson's experience and stature to apply for a job," Singh said with regards to reports Blackburn had asked the Swede to apply.
"But when we deem it fit to speak to someone who is in that category, I think we will make the first approach."
While a shortlist is planned for Thursday, Blackburn want to take their time over appointing a successor to Kean, with Eric Black currently in caretaker charge.
"I would love to do it as soon as possible," said Singh when asked about a timeframe for an appointment. "It could be one week, it could be three weeks.
"So while we are in a hurry to appoint a new manager, we are not going to be rushed into it."
Singh is also adamant the next manager at Blackburn will have full control of team selection amid suggestions Kean was sometimes overruled.
"I have never interfered with team selection and, obviously, someone who comes in will have all my support," said Singh. "That is the way it should really be."