Bristol City are set to make a shock managerial appointment by naming assistant manager Dean Holden as their new head coach, TEAMtalk understands.
The 40-year-old has been at Ashton Gate since 2016, working in various coaching positions and this year he was working closely with then boss Lee Johnson.
The Robins parted company with Johnson last month, and had compiled an extensive list of candidates to replace him.
Former Brighton boss Chris Hughton spoke with the club on numerous occasions and was close to agreeing a deal to take charge.
TEAMtalk also understands that Tony Pulis is among those to have been considered for the role.
However, City are instead set to go with a shock internal appointment – partly due to budget constraints.
Holden could be unveiled as their new boss in the coming days.
City finished seven points off this season’s play-offs in the Championship.