Nice are reportedly targeting Scott Parker as their potential next manager despite holding positive talks with Mauricio Pochettino to take over.
The French club have made a difficult start to the season in France and lie in mid-table under new boss Lucien Favre, winning just two of their opening eight league games.
Favre, who only arrived at the club in the summer, though is already under pressure with his relationship between players and the club’s board already looking frosty.
According to FootMercato, this has already led to the club, owned by British richest man Jim Ratcliffe, to begin looking for a replacement.
This led to talks between Pochettino and the club on Tuesday following the former Tottenham manger’s summer departure from Paris Saint-Germain.
However despite positive talks, in which the Argentine was said to be attracted to the challenge, he now looks set to turn down the move in favour of trying to secure a return to a bigger European side.
That has left Nice on the lookout again and according to the report, an advisor at the club in Iain Moody has recommended Parker to take over.
Parker has been out of work since his brutal sacking at Bournemouth at the start of the Premier League season following rows over internal affairs, with his dismissal coming days after a humiliating 9-0 defeat at Liverpool.
Favre is reportedly unhappy with Nice’s transfer business in the summer that saw them sign many Premier League veterans and cast offs including Kasper Schmeichel, Ross Barkley and Aaron Ramsey who were signed on free transfers.
In addition, Nicolas Pepe, Mads Bech Sorensen and Joe Bryan were signed on loan from Arsenal, Brentford and Fulham respectively.
Favre and his team have especially been unhappy with Schmeichel who reportedly is not adhering to squad rules, such as meeting times or sticking to club-mandated rest days.
Things hit a fresh low on Sunday when defender Jean-Clair Todibo was sent off after just nine seconds – unsurprisingly the fastest sending off in Ligue 1 history – and they slumped to a 1-0 loss at home to Angers.
Favre’s ailing team have also been beaten by Clermont, Marseille and Monaco, and held to draws by Toulouse and Strasbourg.