Paul Jewell says it is 'disrespectful' for him to be linked with the Manchester City job.
City suffered their fifth Premiership defeat on the trot at home to Chelsea on Wednesday to leave them hovering just above the relegation zone.
Stuart Pearce admits he is under pressure and speculation suggests time is running out for him to turn the club's fortunes around.
Wigan manager Jewell has refused to rule out the possibility of considering the City job at some stage in the future, but believes it is wrong for Pearce to have to listen to the rumours while he is still at the helm.
"I am not saying I would never want the Manchester City job," Jewell stated.
"But what I am saying it is disrespectful for my name to be linked with the job when there is a man already in charge.
"We get too excited when things are going well and are far too critical when things are not going well.
"Stuart was touted as one of the best young managers in the Barclays Premiership and all of sudden he is no good.
"Somewhere in between is probably the right answer."
Meanwhile, Jewell has expressed his surprise at Leighton Baines' selection for the England Under 21 squad.
The Wigan left-back had been tipped for a call-up to Steve McClaren's senior squad due to Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge's unavailability, but has instead been named to face Italy on 24th March with the Under 21s.
His selection effectively rules him out of the Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel on the same day, and Jewell believes he is unlucky to miss out.
"He warrants consideration for the senior England squad whether Ashley Cole or Wayne Bridges are available or not," he explained.
"It is a disappointment but that's life.
"I am not telling Steve McClaren how to do his job. I just thought that with two left-backs unavailable Baines might have had a shout."