Bryan Robson has opened the door for Gabriel Batistuta, the former Argentina international striker, to team up with the West Bromwich Albion coaching staff during pre-season training.
Batistuta, who represented his country in three World Cup tournaments, was linked with a coaching role at The Hawthorns last season when Robson, the Albion manager, received a call from an agent but a move failed to materialise.
However, after steering Albion clear of relegation from the Premiership on a memorable day last month, Robson confirmed an interested in the prospect of Batistuta joining the staff.
Robson said: "I had a phone call from an agent saying Batistuta would be interested in working with me and my staff because he wants to be a coach.
"I do not know whether it was truthful or whether the agent was just fishing. At the time, things were running smoothly within the club and I didn't want to upset anything or anyone here by bringing someone new in.
"If Batistuta does genuinely want to come in during pre-season training to have a look at the way we train and have a bit of an input with the strikers, I would certainly look at that.
"He could be a very good coach because of the talent he had, his reputation as a player, skill and knowledge of the game. But it wouldn't be as a player-coach."
Batistuta, Argentina's record goalscorer, retired from playing in March this year after a spell in Qatar. In 2001 his goals inspired Roma to the Italian League title, scoring 20 in 28 matches.