Vincent Kompany is among the final four names under consideration to be appointed Chelsea manager, the PA news agency understands.
The Burnley boss is in contention alongside Mauricio Pochettino and Julian Nagelsmann after the list was whittled down in the almost three weeks since Graham Potter was sacked.
It is understood a fourth coach in the running is someone who is “respected and liked” but whose name has not publicly been linked with the role.
He has emerged as a surprise candidate after former Spain boss Luis Enrique, an early favourite for the job after impressing club officials in his first face-to-face meeting, dropped out of consideration. It is understood the club were put off by demands made by the 52-year-old.
PA understands there is no favourite currently among the four and that the process, which is being conducted by co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, remains ongoing.
Interim boss Frank Lampard, who has lost all four matches since being appointed two weeks ago, is still expected to be in charge of the team until the end of the season.