Frank Lampard is no longer in the running to replace Mick McCarthy as Ipswich manager, Sky Sports News understands.
The former Chelsea and England midfielder was interviewed twice by Tractor Boys owner Marcus Evans, but the two parties could not agree terms.
Ipswich have been without a manager since McCarthy abruptly quit his role last month, four games ahead of schedule, following a win over Barnsley.
It is understood the front runners are now St Mirren boss Jack Ross and Paul Hurst, whose Shrewsbury Town side take on Rotherham United in the League One play-off final on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Ross recently confirmed that talks had commenced between his current club and Ipswich regarding his future.
“I think there has been communication between the clubs, but at the moment I don’t know anything more than that,” Ross told Sky Sports News.
“At the moment my work and my focus is very much on trying to build a squad that will be progressive here and until that changes it will remain the case.
“This club has been great for me because it has offered me that chance to prove myself in the last 18 months and I want to try and get better. For as long as I’m here, hopefully, that will be the case.”
The Suffolk club have received over 100 applications for the vacant managerial role and hope to name McCarthy’s successor by the end of May.