Sky Sports understands Sean Dyche has distanced himself from the Crawley Town manager's job.
Dyche is thought to be Crawley's first-choice target as they seek a replacement for Sean O'Driscoll following his switch to Nottingham Forest.
Dyche is currently out of work after having his contract terminated by Watford earlier this month following the takeover by Italian group the Pozzo family.
The 41-year-old, who took charge at Watford in June 2011, led the club to a highly creditable 11th-placed finish in the Championship last season despite being forced to sell several of their best players.
Crawley are keen to appoint Dyche as their new boss as they prepare for life in League One.
However Sky Sports also understands that, although Dyche is free to work, Watford are still to settle his contract.
It means Crawley may be forced to switch their attentions elsewhere as they look to bring in a new manager as soon as possible with the new season less than a month away.