Phil Neville looks certain to follow his former manager David Moyes to Manchester United along with Steve Round, Chris Woods and Robbie Cooke, as the Scot continues to assemble his backroom staff at Old Trafford.
Neville, who will be part of Stuart Pearce's England Under-21s coaching staff at the European Championship in Israel next month, is viewed as an ideal lieutenant for Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.
The 36-year-old, who left Everton after eight years, is a lifelong United fan and a product of the club's enviable 90s youth system, captaining them to the 1995 FA Youth Cup win.
Neville spent 10 years in the Red Devils' first-team, winning six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a Champions League winner's medal and a Club World Cup, before he departed for Everton in 2005.
Neville was Moyes' captain at Everton
Round, Moyes' Everton assistant of five years, goalkeeping coach Woods and chief scout Cooke are set to join him in M16.
René Meulensteen, United's first-team coach, is unlikely to remain at the club after talks with Moyes.
Meulensteen was technical development coach with United between 2001 and 2006, when he tutored Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck in their early teens. He left to manage Brondby only to rejoin the club in 2007 as reserve team coach before his promotion in 2008.
United confirmed on Friday Ferguson's fifth full-time assistant of his Old Trafford reign, Mike Phelan, had left the club along with goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.
Steele is seen as a greater loss due to the rapport he enjoyed with David de Gea. The former Manchester City coach learnt Spanish months before the young goalkeeper arrived in 2011 and helped De Gea emerge from a tentative newbie into the Premier League's best goalkeeper.
He was also was instrumental behind Ben Foster's man of the match performance in the 2009 League Cup final and Edwin van der Sar's longevity. Prior to the penalty shootout against Tottenham four years ago, Steele showed Foster footage of Spurs players taking penalties on an iPod and, subsequently, only one of Tottenham's three takers scored.
Ferguson's brother Martin, a United scout since the late 90s, has also left his role.