Dario Gradi is to appeal against his Football Association suspension from working in football.
One source had told the BBC the hearing is "imminent".
Solicitors for Gradi, who was Crewe's director of football at the time of his suspension, are believed to have gathered character references from players, coaches and executives he has worked with over his long career.
Gradi was suspended by The FA on November 25th last year.
More to follow.