French media are reporting that Jono Gibbes is set to take the reins at La Rochelle following a short stint as boss of Ulster.
Gibbes became head honcho at the Irish province after the departure of Les Kiss in January.
It was then announced that the New Zealander would leave and take up a position at Waikato, with “family reasons” cited as the factor behind his decision to head home.
However, rumours have circulated that the 41-year-old will be coaching in the Top 14 next season having not ruled out the possibility of joining La Rochelle.
Gibbes held discussions with the French outfit last week and, following Ulster’s victory over Ospreys at the weekend, he did not dismiss the speculation.
Midi Olympique have said that they are ’95 per cent certain’ he will take over at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre, replacing Patrice Collazo who exited earlier this month.