STEVE McClaren is expected to pledge his future to Derby County by signing a new contract.
It is understood that the Rams head coach has been offered a new deal after leading the club to the Championship play-off final last month.
McClaren, who has two years left to run on his current contract, is set to agree an extended three-year deal ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
The former England manager replaced Nigel Clough at the helm at the end of September, with the team 14th in the table after nine games.
He had an immediate impact and the Rams went on to finish third with a club record 85 points.
They were ultimately pipped to a place in the Premier League by Queens Park Rangers at Wembley last month.
But Derby chiefs have now moved to back McClaren as he prepares for another promotion push – as well as covering themselves should another club come knocking for the 53-year-old’s services.
The Rams are making no comment on the matter at this stage.
However, after McClaren was recently linked with the Southampton job, Derby chief executive Sam Rush moved to ward off any potential suitors.
“Steve has gone on record as saying he is at the start of his project here and I am sure he is looking forward to cracking on with that,” said Rush.
“I think he is very happy at Derby County and we would be very resistant to clubs coming knocking for him. I wouldn’t advise them to.
“I am delighted with what Steve has done.
“I was sure he would be successful with us and I am looking forward to working with him for a long time in the future.”
Southampton yesterday confirmed former Dutch international Ronald Koeman as their new manager.
The latest player to be linked with a move to Derby is Costa Rica international midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda.
The 22-year-old, who plays for Saprissa in his homeland, is currently in action at the World Cup in Brazil and helped his country to a surprise 3-1 win over Uruguay in their opening group game.
Tejeda is also reported to be attracting interest from Everton, Sunderland, Fulham and Brighton.