The new Republic of Ireland manager should be appointed before Christmas, according to the Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney.
The recruitment process for a successor to Giovanni Trapattoni is underway, and there is a lot more interest in the position than there was the last time the post was vacant, according to Delaney.
Former international Ray Houghton and the FAI's High Performance Director Ruud Dokter will oversee the selection process, with Delaney hopeful that the new man will be in place before the end of the year.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "The ambition is to have an appointment this side of Christmas - to have everything done an dusted by then. That's our clear objective.
"Having a new manager in place will ensure that we approach the new year with greater hope and optimism ahead of the draw for the Euro 2016 qualifiers in February.
"However if the right person becomes available, but they can't start until a certain time, then that's the way it will be played out."
Caretaker manager Noel King, who is in charge of the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan, will not be considered for the job on a full-time basis.
The scenario was put to Delaney that if King masterminded two victories in the next fortnight could the situation change?
Delaney was clear in his response. "Noel has stepped in at the right time for us, but he knows that he won't be considered for the job going forward.
"However, he has approached the role of interim boss with great professionalism and is looking to forward to the upcoming games. First up is the game against Germany and they don't get much tougher than that.
"He has done great work for us at U-21 level and coaching at all other levels and has been a great ambassador for the FAI."