Roy Hodgson has hinted that he could be interested in the vacant Republic of Ireland manager's job.
Hodgson recently left his role as manager of Finland after failing to qualify for Euro 2008 and he is now set to join his former club Internazionale in an assistant's role to president Massimo Moratti.
The Irish football Association (FAI) have recently announced that coaching duo Don Givens and Don Howe will conduct the search for a new manager following the departure of former boss Steve Staunton after a disappointing Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
And Hodgson, who has not signed a contract at Inter, has indicated that he would talk to the FAI if they were interested in securing his services.
"I suppose it doesn't as such because I haven't signed anything," Hodgson told Sky Sports News when asked if his Inter role rules him out of the Ireland running.
"I have spoken to the president (Moratti), with whom I am quite friendly and told him I'm coming.
"But I guess he would understand if something really important came up that I felt I really wanted to do.
"I've know idea what that job (Ireland) would entail. If they were interested in me they would have to contact me and explain what they would expect of me."
However, Hodgson is adamant he does not want to be considered as a strong contender for the Ireland job.
"I fear these days that every time you open your mouth you are either turning the job down or claiming that you really want it," Hodgson added.
"I don't want to be in either position really. I'm quite happy with my life and happy with the situation I find myself in.
"But of course you can never say no to things. It would be very foolish to say you are not interested in speaking to people who say they would like to speak to you."