Plymouth boss Tony Pulis could be heading for a return to Stoke as manager, reports BBC Radio Devon.
Pulis has now been given permission to hold talks with Stoke
A statement issued by the Devon club reveals they have "reluctantly agreed Tony can talk to Stoke City" about their managerial vacancy.
Compensation has already been agreed between the clubs, allowing the Welshman to discuss personal terms.
Pulis managed Stoke between November 2002 and June 2005, before taking over at Plymouth in September 2005.
He has also managed Bournemouth, Gillingham, Bristol City and Portsmouth.
The Potters had made a previous approach for Pulis in late May, but were not granted permission to speak to him.
They have been searching for a new boss since Johan Boskamp's departure.