Hull Kingston Rovers will turn to York City Knights boss James Ford to take charge at Craven Park in 2020, according to League Weekly.
Current Robins head coach Tim Sheens is out of contract at the end of the year and is reportedly planning to return home to Australia.
The Rovers’ hierarchy have pinpointed Ford as his ideal replacement and it’s believed they are willing to pay a fee in order to gain his services.
Aged just 32, Ford was announced as head coach of financially-stricken York in 2015 and tasked with rebuilding the club on and off the field.
In less than five years he has taken the Knights from the lower reaches of League 1 to the top half of the Championship, with the potential of back-to-back promotions.
His heroics have not gone unnoticed and now York must fight to keep him at the club with an approach from the Robins seemingly a serious possibility.