Linfield boss David Healy has suggested it’s only a matter of time before he agrees a new contract with the Windsor Park club.
Healy, who has only one more year remaining on his current deal, has yet to put pen-to-paper on new terms with the Big Two giants.
The 41-year-old said last week that the contract saga and speculation on his future had “probably dragged on a little bit”.
But it is understood an agreement is close following constructive talks with chairman Roy McGivern.
Asked for an update in the wake of Linfield ’s 4-0 win over FK Borac in the Europa Conference League, Healy said: “I have spoken to Roy a few times and the contract has been discussed.
“Hopefully over the next little while I’m sure we will get the correct conclusion.”
Healy’s stock is already sky high at Linfield having won four league titles, two Irish Cups, two doubles and eight trophies during only five full seasons at the helm.
The former Northern Ireland striker, who was appointed in October 2015, delivered the second domestic league and Irish Cup double of his successful reign last season.
And his reputation soared even further following Thursday night’s impressive dismantling of Bosnian champions FK Borac in the second round of the Europa Conference League.
“The players nailed it, but on a personal level I was incredibly pleased and proud,” he said.
“I love managing this football club and the demands and everything else that comes with it and I was standing a proud man on the touchline for the last four or five minutes.
“I was standing with my trusted right hand man (assistant manager) Ross Oliver and I said to him ‘we got it right tonight’.
“Sometimes I’m my own worst critic but we got it right this time – myself and Ross and more importantly the players on the pitch.”
Thursday’s thumping win over FK Borac was extra special for Healy as it coincided with his mother Irene’s birthday.
“It’s funny because my mum, Ross Oliver’s mum and Alfie Wylie’s mum all have the same birthday – July 22,” he said. “Alfie of course used to be in our coaching set-up.
“My dad was at the game. My mum doesn’t watch them but I’m sure she will be pleased with not only the result but the fact ‘young David’ did pretty well.”