Former Bradford City manager Stuart McCall has also landed the Scunthorpe United job following the sacking of Nick Daws on Friday after just five games in charge.
Andy Dawson, who took charge for the 2-2 draw against Barnsley at the weekend, remains as first-team coach while Kenny Black will be first team assistant manager, having previously worked with McCall at Motherwell, Rangers and Bradford City.
Leeds United and Middlesbrough both want to sign Wigan Athletic’s Nick Powell, 24, the former Manchester United product who is in the final year of his contract.
But Celtic, West Brom and Stoke City are also in the hunt for the playmaker.
The Boro, armed with the £18m from the sale of Adama Traore, want to take Benfica winger Rafa Silva on loan before signing the 25-year-old for £10m next summer.
Sheffield United want to take Boro’s former West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher, 22, who was loaned to Sunderland last season.
The Blades also have Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan on their radar.
Hull City are interested in Fleetwood Town defender Cian Bolger, 26, and Swindon Town striker Michael Doughty, 25.
Sheffield Wednesday are still aiming to sign Chelsea duo striker Lucas Piazon and central defender Michael Hector, who was on loan at Hull last season.
Yeovil are set to sign Bradford City striker Omari Patrick on loan but Bantams coach Michael Collins is more concerned with strengthening his squad and is particularly keen to recruit a central midfield player.