Brendan Fennelly is expected to be named as the new Laois senior hurling manager following a meeting next Monday night.
The Kilkenny native is not new to inter-county management, having previously managed Carlow.
More recently he assisted Waterford club De La Salle when they won their first ever Munster Club SHC title and qualified for last year's All-Ireland final.
This year the Piltown native, who is a brother of former All-Ireland winners Liam and Kevin Fennelly, has managed club side Carrickshock. They have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Kilkenny Senior Championship next weekend. In addition, he has experience of managing underage teams in Dunnamaggin to county glory.
Fennelly is expected to be ratified on Monday night by the Laois GAA executive. He will succeed Niall Rigney who resigned in June after two years in charge.
Laois officials had also expressed a serious interest in bringing Tipperary's 2001 All-Ireland winning captain Tommy Dunne on board.
Dunne was involved as a selector this year as Tipp claimed their first All-Ireland Under-21 title since 1995 thanks to a comfortable final victory over Galway.
Meanwhile, the Laois Senior Hurling Championship has reached the penultimate stage of the competition, with both semi-finals scheduled for this weekend.
Reigning champions Clough-Ballacolla will take on Rathdowney-Errill, while former Leinster champions Camross face The Harps.
Laois GAA Chairman Brian Allen explained that the Executive had hoped to make the managerial appointment before the knockout stages of the Laois Championship took place.
However, it looks likely that the appointment process will now be brought to a conclusion at Monday's meeting in Portlaoise.