Veteran coaches Brian Noble and Brian Smith are on the shortlist to succeed Phil Veivers at Salford, with an appointment set to be made "within weeks", according to chief executive Ed Farish.
Former Great Britain boss Noble has been without a club since quitting Crusaders at the end of 2010 and Australian Smith has recently been working in rugby union after losing with the Sydney Roosters.
Interim coach Alan Hunte, who was placed in temporary charge following the decision to sack Veivers five matches into the season, is also on the list.
"I don't want to talk names but those that have been bandied around are not too far off the mark," Farish said.
Noble is expected to watch the City Reds in action against St Helens on Friday while Farish confirmed that Salford's new owner Marwan Koukash has been in contact with Smith.
Smith, the older brother of Warrington's former England coach Tony Smith, has coached at Hull and Bradford as well as Illawarra, St George, Parramatta and Newcastle.
"The shortlist is still being put together but we've started to talk to people now," Farish added. "I think we're talking weeks rather than months.
"We're getting closer but it's important that we get the right person."
No announcement is expected until director Andrew Chalmers and director of rugby Graham Lowe arrive back from New Zealand in mid-April.
Meanwhile, the City Reds have suffered a major blow with the loss of Australian forward Shannon McPherson for around six weeks with a knee injury. "It's definitely a loss," said Farish. "He's been good for us this year."