Mick McCarthy is not a candidate to become the next manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, according to one of the men charged with finding a successor to Steve Staunton.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers manager has been linked with a return to the position he vacated after the 2002 World Cup after six years in the role.
But current caretaker Don Givens, who is also Under-21 coach, dismissed speculation linking McCarthy with the Football Association of Ireland.
"Mick is not a runner at all," confirmed Givens who, along with Don Howe and Ray Houghton, is part of a three-man panel that will interview all the candidates before making their recommendation.
It is the second time in a week that McCarthy has been linked with an international job, having made it down to one of two for the vacant post with South Korea before pulling out and publicly committing himself to Wolves.
His work at Molineux is at a crucial juncture. Wolves are currently struggling for form having lost their last two matches and scraped a pair of scratchy 1-0 wins in the games before defeats to Barnsley and Burnley.
Much of the problem has been a shortage of goals with the quintet of Andy Keogh, Jay Bothroyd, Stephen Elliott, Stephen Ward and Freddy Eastwood providing just 11 Championship goals between them.
McCarthy maintains much of that is down to the fact that he has not been able to field a settled team, with concerns over form and fitness causing a disruption.
"We want to try to get a settled pair upfront. No partnership has set the world on fire," McCarthy admitted. "At the start of the season, I thought the main pairing would be Keogh and Elliott. I thought they would be the best partnership but Keogh is still not fully there yet after his operation.
"I thought Bothroyd was excellent on Saturday against Burnley after coming back from a two-week lay off and Elliott put in a great shift and stood up well, taking the penalty with aplomb under a lot of pressure."
Their cause will not be helped by the loss of Seyi Olofinjana who will be away for up to five weeks in the New Year after the midfielder was picked in the Nigerian squad for the African Cup of Nations.
Olofinjana is one of eight English-based players in Berti Vogts' squad for the tournament in Ghana next month. The finals are from January 20 to February 10.