Neil Warnock admitted he turned down the Nottingham Forest job yesterday, saying he was not the "right one" to take the club forward.
Reports yesterday morning named Warnock as the frontrunner to replace the sacked Billy Davies (inset) on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Saturday's 5-0 defeat to Derby at the iPro Stadium saw Forest's run without a win reach eight matches – a streak which has seen them go out of the FA Cup to League One side Sheffield United and drop out of the Championship play-off places.
The 65-year-old Warnock, who has been out of management since leaving Leeds in April 2013, held talks yesterday, but then ruled himself out of becoming their next manager to cap a turbulent day at the Championship club.
He said: "I did say, if the right (club) came up I'd take it ... and, with nine games to go, possibly 12 games – with the play-offs – it was ideal for me.
"The talks started well, but, in my eyes, deteriorated," he said.
"The experience I've got, let's not forget, the last three clubs I've been a bit unlucky, I've had three new owners. So I've got an idea of owners and what they want and how they work. In the end, I didn't think I was the right one."
Forest's owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi revealed that academy manager Gary Brazil would take charge of first-team affairs until a permanent appointment was made, starting with tonight's game against Charlton at the City Ground.