According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Everton are hoping to have Sean Dyche in place as their new manager by the time they face Crystal Palace in the first round of Premier League games following the international break.
The Toffees have earmarked the Burnley boss as the man they want to permanently succeed Ronald Koeman, and will be willing to pay the £2.5 million fee that it will take to get him out of his contract at Turf Moor to ensure that he is in the dugout by the time they travel to Selhurst Park later this month.
The Mirror adds however, that Everton also have a backup plan should Dyche decide to stay where he is - with initial talks with Sam Allardyce set to be followed up with an approach that would see the former Sunderland boss given the job until the end of the season to help steady the ship.
And the Mirror suggests that regardless of who the next manager is, the Everton hierarchy would like current caretaker David Unsworth to still be involved with the club despite his struggles since stepping into the breach.
Unsworth has lost all three games in charge, and losing to Watford on Sunday would see the Toffees go into the break second-bottom in the top flight.
And with their next opponents proving to be the only team currently below them in the table, it is not difficult to see why the club are determined to get the next man in as quickly as possible.
And while they hope it will be Dyche, they are clearly preparing themselves for the possibility that the Englishman may deem that staying at Burnley is the more appealing option right now.