Chester FC have asked the club's supporters to be patient as the search for Neil Young's replacement edges closer to a conclusion.
Chairman Tony Durkin had been hopeful the new boss would be place for tomorrow's game against Barnet at the Swansway Chester Stadium but caretaker manager Gary Jones - one of three short-listed for the job this week - will now take charge of the team.
Former Everton midfielder Gavin McCann was believed to have been the favourite for the role but The Chronicle understands the club are now in talks with a late applicant for the post.
Respected non-league manager Steve Burr, who was sacked by Kidderminster Harriers on January 7, initially ruled out himself out but has now emerged as a surprise contender and the 54-year-old would be seen by many as the ideal appointment.
Although the club has not named those being considered for the position, former Luton Town and Cambridge United boss Gary Brabin and ex-Chester City captain Andy Holden are also thought to have been in contention.
Airbus UK Broughton manager Andy Preece continues to be linked with the job but he is under contract until 2016 and the Wingmakers have made it clear they would demand compensation for him, which would appear to rule him out.
A statement issued this afternoon said the Blues board was hoping to have the new boss in place as quickly as possible, but stressed there was still work to do as the club looks to appoint only its second manager since being reformed in 2010.
"The board understand how keen all supporters are, to see a speedy resolution to the managerial vacancy," read the statement.
"We are working very hard to ensure the best candidate is appointed as manager of our club.
"Supporters will appreciate that much as we would like to, we are unable to share the details of the process due to candidate confidentiality.
"The board will be concluding the final internal stages of the process tonight, and are hopeful this can then be finalised with the successful candidate tomorrow, at which point they will be immediately announced to the fans.
"We would like to thank supporters for their patience and urge everyone to unite behind the club and the new manager as we strive to maintain our premiership status and continue to build our great club."
Young had guided the fan-owned club to unprecedented success since taking charge in May 2010 but parted company on January 8 with the Blues after a disappointing campaign which sees them third-bottom in the Skrill Premier.