Michael O’Neill will hold further talks with the Irish Football Association this week as he closes in on a new two-year deal as Northern Ireland boss.
O’Neill – whose current contract runs to the end of December – will meet with the IFA Board on Thursday.
The 11-member committee is expected to conduct a review of the recent World Cup qualifying campaign – where Northern Ireland finished fifth of six teams in Group F.
O’Neill has already declared his interest in continuing at the helm for the Euro Championship qualifiers.
IFA president Jim Shaw said he was confident a deal could be finalised.
“Talks with Michael started around the time of the Azerbaijan game, so they have been ongoing,” Shaw told the News Letter.
“It is planned for Michael to sit down with the Board this Thursday where we will look over the recent World Cup campaign. It will be an informal meeting.
“It is obviously still a process of negotiation, so there will be more talks before any deal is completed.
“But I would hope it doesn’t take too long. We would like to get talks completed as soon as possible.
“In saying that, we are not working to any strict timescale. The fact is Michael’s current contract runs to the end of the year.
“I don’t think there will be any major issues. Everything has been amicable so far.”
The IFA will be hoping to finalise O’Neill’s new contract ahead of next month’s proposed friendly date.
The Association is close to announcing an away fixture for Northern Ireland on November 15.
“We can’t disclose anything at this time as talks are still ongoing, but we will definitely be playing a game,” Shae added.
“There are two dates – November 15 and 19 – but we prefer the first date as it is more suitable for the players.”
Meanwhile, O’Neill and Shaw have both backed proposals to expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 competing nations.
UEFA president Michel Platini has supported the move, which would boost the number of European qualification spots.
“I think it is important that the weaker nations are given the opportunity to qualify for the finals,” O’Neill said.
“You will still have the quality and the best teams qualifying.”
Shaw added: “I think the main thing is that the number of European qualification spots is not reduced.
“That would be harsh and make life even more difficult for the smaller nations.”