Scotland may appoint an interim coach for the Six Nations as the search for a long-term replacement for Andy Robinson continues.
Assistant coach Scott Johnson is a candidate for the role, with experience working with Wales and the USA in a head coaching capacity. Sean Lineen, currently in a talent recruitment role with the SRU, is another candidate.
"We have already received a number of applications for the job," said SRU CEO Mark Dodson.
"We are reviewing these as well as looking at home and abroad for the best candidate to take Scotland forward to the Rugby World Cup.
"We have the RBS Six Nations just round the corner and, given the timescales involved, we are looking at the possibility of an interim appointment as we don't want to rush into making the decision.
"The most important thing we can do is get someone in to take the team forward for the long term."
Johnson himself remains positive for the future of Scottish rugby and is keen to remain involved.
"I have not had a chance to speak to the officials, but I intend to in the next week or so," said Johnson.
"That will decide where I am placed in the job and if the job suits me, and if it suits them for me to take it. I am secure in the fact that I have come here for a couple of years and I have only just started.
"There are plenty of good things in Scotland and plenty of hard working rugby people and there are plenty of good players.
"We need to start developing a game that suits us to play."