Filippo Galli has been linked with the AC Milan job after owner Silvio Berlusconi suggested the youth-team director is a leading candidate.
Milan are looking for a new man at the helm after Leonardo parted company with the club last weekend, having guided the team to a third-place finish in Serie A.
Galli, a former Rossoneri defender, currently heads the club's youth academy at Milanello and worked as a technical assistant to Leonardo last term.
And Berlusconi believes Galli has acquired the mental attributes to take such a high-profile job.
He said: "When it comes to selecting a coach, AC Milan considers very important the experience at youth level, because it develops a coach a lot from a psychological standpoint."
Meanwhile, vice-President Adriano Galliani has rubbished reports claiming Berlusconi intends to sell the club.
"There won't be a sale of the club," Galliani said. "Milan supporters must keep President Berlusconi close."
The Rossoneri official also spoke about the matter of their new coach, adding: "There are three or four candidates. The one you have said and also one of whom you have never thought of. But there is time. We will decide with the President and there is no hurry."
Source: Sky Sports