Paul Ince is being offered a return into management with League Two strugglers Bristol Rovers.
The ex-England midfielder, 44, is the hot favourite to succeed sacked Pirates boss Paul Buckle.
But Ince is also wanted by Rochdale, who are second from bottom in League One.
Both clubs want the former Manchester United star to pull off a rescue job like he did at Macclesfield, who he kept in the League in 2007.
Since then he has managed MK Dons, twice, Blackburn – where he lasted just six months – and most recently Notts County.
Caretaker boss Shaun North led Rovers out at Hereford for the final time on Tuesday night.
The Pirates hope Ince will replace Buckle before Saturday’s clash with table-toppers Crawley.