Tim Sherwood has revealed that he pulled out of the running for the vacant managerial role at Crystal Palace because he did not feel like the club's first choice.
Sherwood reportedly met with Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish last week to discuss taking over at Selhurst Park after Tony Pulis quit as manager just a day before the start of the Premier League season, but talks have now been suspended.
"The longer the process went on at Palace, and the more names that came up, the more I felt that Steve was keeping his options open," Sherwood wrote in his column in The Independent.
"It shows the great level of respect for the club among coaches. I know a lot of managers were interested. But at some point, as a manager, you want to know the interviews have stopped and you're the club's first choice.
"That was why, on Thursday night, my agent sent a message to Steve to say that I was no longer interested in being in contention for the job."
Rangers manager Ally McCoist is the latest name to be linked with the job.