HENRIK LARSSON and Dirk Kuyt are the shock pair in line to take over at Southend United, according to local reports.
The Celtic icon and Liverpool cult hero are said to be 'in pole position' to take the vacant job at Roots Hall.
The Southend Echo reports that the two retired hitmen are closing in on the job.
Shrimpers chairman Ron Martin made a statement on Friday afternoon that principle terms had been agreed with a candidate - with an announcement expected next week.
He wrote: "Great progress has been made this week.
"Progress not simply in shortening the club’s list of targets but settling the choice AND all the principal terms too.
"Indeed, within the last hour I believe there are no showstoppers enabling me to give you this positive news before the weekend.
"I am now targeting a press conference for Thursday and will confirm that when the ink is dry."