Davide Ballardini has joined Marco Giampaolo as a serious candidate to be handed the Cesena job.
The Sea Horses are looking for a new boss after Massimo Ficcadenti left by mutual consent just days after ensuring they avoided relegation.
Giampaolo was widely considered as the favourite for the job after Bologna opted not to offer him the Dall'Ara bench.
However, Ballardini is also understood to be a contender to take the Stadio Manuzzi hot-seat this summer.
Ballardini, who started his coaching career with the club's youth system, is available after he was replaced by Alberto Malesani at Genoa last week.