Gerry Fahy is now the front runner to land the position of Galway senior football manager, after initial favourite Liam Kearns failed to gain a nomination from a Galway club.
Kearns, the former Limerick and Laois boss, was not among the list of nominees put forward, but could still be proposed for the job by the Galway Football Board.
The Executive Committee of the Galway Football Board has the authority to nominate someone for the role, and they may look to Kearns.
Seven nominations were received by Monday's deadline and since then, the list has been cut to five following the withdrawals of former Galway defender John Divilly and ex-Clare boss Frank Doherty.
The five men who are currently in the running to succeed Joe Kernan are Fahy, former Mayo midfielder Pat Fallon, Peter Warren, ex-Westmeath manager Tomas O Flatharta and Matt Duggan.
Fahy managed Offaly previously and this year helped the Galway minors reach the All-Ireland semi-final. He was a selector with the Galway seniors when Val Daly was at the helm in 1997.
O Flatharta was also shortlisted for the Galway job a year ago before Kernan was appointed, while Warren has experience as a selector when John O'Mahony managed the Tribesmen to All-Ireland glory in both 1998 and 2001.
Annaghdown's Duggan will have local support, along with Fallon, who helped Barna reach the semi-finals of the Galway Senior Championship.
A selection committee will now be put in place to interview the candidates, with Galway Football Board Secretary Seamus O'Grady hopeful that a new manager will be appointed "by the end of the month".