The ex-boss of collapsed department store chain Allders is in discussions to take over the lead of supermarket giant Tesco's clothing division, according to a report in The Sunday Times newspaper.

Terry Green is said to have been in talks with Tesco for several weeks to succeed John Hoerner, who has recently taken a back-seat consultancy role in the business's operations.
 
Tesco, which saw clothing sales jump 28 per cent to almost GBP700 million last year, is currently planning the opening of two non-food stores in October.

Green was celebrated for his revitalisation of the Debenhams department store chain in the 1990s. He saw less success, however, with his attempt to turn around Allders, which he helped take private in 2002.

Tesco, currently the UK's leading supermarket chain, has already seen high levels of success with its Cherokee, Florence & Fred and Value clothing ranges.