Hull City defender Liam Rosenior has urged manager Nigel Pearson to reject a return to Championship rivals Leicester City.
Speculation linking Pearson with a shock move back to the East Midlands intensified over the weekend, with the Tigers forced to reject an initial approach from the Foxes.
The club that parted ways with Sven-Goran Eriksson last month remain hopeful of luring their old boss back to the King Power Stadium, but Rosenior has pleaded with him to stay.
He told the Hull Daily Mail: "I am not surprised the manager is getting linked with the job at another club. But is it flattering? No, because Leicester are in the same league as us.
"Yes, they have got money but they are below us in the table so it is not flattering at all.
"If it is a top Premier League club it might be different but I'd be very disappointed if the boss decided to go to Leicester because I think we have got better players here.
"We would all be devastated if he went. Hopefully, he will stay."