Former Samoa coach Pat Lam is expected to be named as the new Connacht coach, replacing Eric Elwood on a three-year deal.
Lam was sacked by the Blues after a dismal Super Rugby campaign in 2012, but will link up with the Irish province after Clermont coach Alex King reportedly turned down the role according to Sports News Ireland.
Lam spent four years as head coach with the Blues after joining from club side Auckland.
More recently, Lam was part of the coaching staff that led Samoa to victories over Wales and Canada and a narrow defeat to France during the November Internationals.
Elwood will conclude a 24-year association with Connacht at the end of this season, after turning out 168 times as a player for the province and taking over the head coaching role from Michael Bradley in 2010.