Football: Advocaat being lined up as Koeman's successor
Veteran Dutch coach Dick Advocaat, currently the manager of Belgium, is reported to be poring over a contract offer from AZ Alkmaar.
AZ, who currently sit fourth and last in their Champions League group, said Advocaat, currently the coach of Belgium's national side, had pledged to make a decision early in the week.
The club, however, told local media through its sports director Marcel Brands: "It is still too early to say that the deal is done."
If he agrees, Advocaat - who counts stints at PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Zenit Saint-Petersburg and the Dutch national team on his CV - would combine both roles.
Koeman's sacking came after Friday's 2-1 loss to Vitesse Arnhem, which left AZ in sixth place, 16 points adrift of Dutch first division leaders FC Twente.
AZ said they hoped to announce a replacement "as quickly as possible".
But Koeman, who stepped in after van Gaal's move to Bayern Munich, was disappointed: "Friday's game against Vitesse was bad, I accept that. But this decision has disappointed me greatly."
Former Dutch international Koeman started his coaching career as Guus Hiddink's right-hand man with the national team from 1997-1998.
He was also second-in-command at Barcelona from 1998-2000 before taking over at Vitesse Arnhem in 2000.
Koeman has also coached Dutch giants Ajax (2001-2005), Benfica (2005-2006), PSV Eindhoven (2006-2007) and then Valencia (2007-2008).