It appears the Rakuten Eagles have narrowed down their managerial candidate to Senichi Hoshino. Of all the names that have been raised, Hoshino probably makes the most sense at this point for the Eagles -- he has a name, he has experience, and he would bring instant credibility to the team. Hoshino is also someone that can provide the Eagles with some stability, something the club will seriously need during their rebuilding phase.
Incidentally, reports also mention that Rakuten chairperson Hiroshi Mikitani recently met with Hanshin owner Shinya Sakai to seek permission to approach Hoshino. And according to someone with Hanshin, the general feeling is that he'll accept.