Ipswich Town have identified former Brighton manager Gus Poyet as a top target should Mick McCarthy leave the club this summer, report the Sun.
The Uruguayan will be leaving Greek giants AEK Athens at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to the Championship.
Nottingham Forest was touted as a potential landing spot for the ex-Sunderland chief, with him being a close second favourite to former Reds midfielder Martin O’Neill.
While McCarthy has done a solid job in Suffolk, the Tractor Boys are reportedly nearing a natural end to the partnership they share with the Yorkshireman after missing out on the playoffs.
After so long out of the Premier League, the board are understood to want to introduce an excitement factor back to the Suffolk outfit.
By moving for Poyet, who has experience in the second tier from his time with the Seagulls, they are believed to view him as the man to do so.
Mauricio Taricco is one of his closest advisors and considered a club legend after establishing himself as a hugely popular midfielder during his time with Town.
Bringing him back to Portman Road is likely to prove an extremely popular move with the club’s support.
McCarthy himself has been linked with the Aston Villa job, due to the cast amount of experience he has at Championship level.
Is a Poyet/Taricco double act exactly what the Tractor Boys need to get going? Has McCarthy done all he can at Portman Road?