With Vicente Del Bosque ready to step down as Spain boss following Euro 2016, Villarreal coach Marcelino has become favourite to take the reins.
65-year-old Del Bosque has been head of the national side for eight years and enjoyed unparalleled success in the role, but it is looking increasingly certain that he will vacate the position at the end of the European Championship.
Angel Maria Villar, head of the Spanish Football Federation, had been fighting to convince the man who guided La Roja to two major international trophies in four years that he should remain in charge, but the former Real Madrid midfielder appears convinced that it is time for him to leave.
Villar has now seemingly having given up on his mission to keep Del Bosque, turning his attention to Marcelino as he looks for a successor.
The 50-year-old has done a remarkable job with Villarreal and has led them into next season’s Champions League.
This despite having only taken over just three years ago when the club were battling for promotion from the Segunda Division.
Since then, the Yellow Submarine have improved immensely under the Asturian’s leadership, resulting in speculation that he could be ready for a more high profile position.
The Roig family, who own Villarreal, are thought to be reluctant to let the former Sporting Gijon player leave, but a call from the national side could change everything.
Unai Emery, Paco Jemez and Julen Lopetegui have all been previously linked with the post, but for various reasons look unlikely to be in the running any longer.