It was only eighteen months ago that Linfield underwent their first managerial change in seventeen years, with Warren Feeney eventually chosen to replace the outgoing David Jeffrey.

Feeney was somewhat of an outsider, moving into the role with no managerial experience and his only previous coaching role being the number two at Salisbury City.

Many of the candidates that the 34-year-old fought off will once again be in the frame to take over the hotseat at Windsor Park.

There are three former Linfield players currently managing rival Irish Premiership sides - Glenn Ferguson (Ballymena United), Oran Kearney (Coleraine) and Darren Murphy (Dungannon Swifts). All three are very highly rated and respected young managers, all three have run their club admirably under budget constraints, promoting youth players and coaching an attractive brand of football.

Ferguson and Kearney are thought to be under serious consideration by the Linfield board, although their current clubs would be highly reluctant to let either leave. There are also doubts surrounding Oran Kearney's desire to once again move his football life back to Belfast, but would the chance to manage Linfield prove too tempting to resist?

Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton is highly thought of by the Linfield board, but he recently signed a new four-year contract with the Lurgan Blues. Hamilton has transformed the club from relegation battlers to a top three outfit who have won the Irish Cup and competed on the European stage. Whilst Linfield would present a job with a higher profile, it is unclear if Hamilton would consider leaving his boyhood club.

Kenny Shiels, who lists Coleraine, Ballymena United and Kilmarnock among his managerial experience, recently left BEC Tero Sasana FC in Thailand and this could present a prime opportunity for him to return to local management.

Pat Fenlon - the former Linfield midfielder who was the frontrunner to replace Jeffrey last year - is currently at the helm of Shamrock Rovers, who sit third in the League of Ireland standings. He is unlikely to be in the running for the vacant post this time around, while a return for David Jeffrey or an approach for Tommy Breslin, who won back-to-back league titles with Cliftonville, will not happen.

Andy Todd, the former Blackburn Rovers defender who was Feeney's number two, will take the reigns of Linfield with the help of coach Alfie Wylie in the interim period, and a strong run of results could lead to a more permanent position for the 41-year-old.