Brian Laws closes in on return to Scunthorpe United earlier today as Alan Knill leaves club
Scunthorpe United chairman Steve Wharton and general manager David Beeby have been unavailable for comment this morning.
But the Telegraph understands Alan Knill's tenure as boss of the Iron has come to an end.
As it stands, Knill's assistant Chris Brass and goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler are still thought to be employed by United, but there is a chance the former could eventually be shown the exit with Knill.
That will clear the way for a return for former manager Brian Laws - who spent nine years in charge of Scunthorpe between 1997 and 2006, guiding the club to promotion from Division Three in 1999 and League Two six years later.
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Laws had been director of football at Airtricity League side Shamrock Rovers until Friday night, when the Irish season came to an end.
He still lives locally and has remained close friends with chairman Wharton.
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley boss, who moved from Scunthorpe to Hillsborough six years ago, became the red-hot favourite to be announced as the new manager of the Iron's League One rivals Hartlepool United over the weekend.
But despite odds as short as 1/6 with some bookmakers, a return to the Iron seems almost nailed on.
Depending on Brass' situation, Laws is likely to want to bring his former assistant manager Russ Wilcox back to Glanford Park to work alongside him, though the Telelgraph understands confirmation of the duo's appointment may not come until tomorrow.
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