MIDDLESBROUGH want Liam Rosenior to complete a new management trio alongside Jonathan Woodgate and Robbie Keane.
The Championship club would see him as joint-second in command alongside Keane to boost hopes of promotion next season.
1 Ex-fulham left-back Liam Rosenior is poised to swap his role as assistant coach with Brighton U-23s for joint second-in-command at Boro
Former Fulham and Brighton defender Rosenior, 34, is currently assistant coach with Albion’s Under-23s a year after retiring as a player.
He is also a pundit for Sky TV but eager to further his fledgling coaching career.
Boro chairman Steve Gibson will promote first-team coach Woodgate, 29 following Tony Pulis' departure at the end of the season.
Middlesbrough-born Woodgate, who won eight England caps at centre-back, played 112 games for his hometown club and saw them finish the last campaign just a point outside the play-off zone.
His former Leeds and Spurs team-mate Keane, 38, has already been lined up to join Boro.
Ex-striker Keane is currently one of Mick McCarthy’s assistants for the Republic of Ireland.
But he but would welcome the chance of combining that role with a club job.
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Former Boro goalkeeper coach Leo Percovich, who has been working for Fluminense in Brazil, has also been on Teesside for talks about a return to the club.
But overall the new-look management team confirms Gibson likes blooding new managers.
He previously gave Steve McClaren, Gareth Southgate and Aitor Karanka their first boss jobs.