Aidy Boothroyd has spoken with Marlon King following his release from prison but has no plans to sign him.
The Coventry boss believes the former Watford and Hull City striker should be given 'a second chance' to resurrect his career, but is not about to offer him one at the Ricoh Arena.
Boothroyd feels King's priority at present should be rebuilding his personal life and admits his attention, in regards to potential new recruits, is focused on other options.
"I have had a conversation with him (King)," he told the Coventry Telegraph.
"I spoke to him on Friday just to say I thought that the interview that appeared on Sky was humbling.
"He made his mistakes and has come out and said that. There is nothing more in it than that.
"It is all about Portsmouth for us now and for Marlon it is about getting himself back with his family, his wife and his kids and, I guess, re-establishing himself in football will come at a later date because I think family will probably come first for him now."
Boothroyd is instead stepping up his interest in trialist Francis Laurent, who is available on a free after seeing his contract at Southend cancelled by mutual consent.
He figured in Coventry's 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday and did enough during that showing to catch the eye of his potential new manager.
"He has only trained a day and a half with us so he has had no matches at all and been training on his own, so I thought for him to come on and do what he did was a terrific effort," said the Sky Blues boss.
"We'll give him another week and get a really good look at him, but I thought it was a really positive performance."