Archie Norman is understood to be in advanced discussions with Cable & Wireless over the sale of Energis, of which he is chairman. The timing of the deal has fuelled speculation about Norman's future plans. If it goes through, he is not expected to retain his chairmanship. In recent months, Norman has been put in the frame to take a role at embattled supermarket chain Morrisons. However, Norman has so far stated that he does not intend to join Morrisons and would prefer to follow private equity interests.