Tony Pulis has laughed off any suggestions that he is set to complete a sensational U-turn and return to Crystal Palace just over a week after leaving the Selhurst Park club.
The former Stoke City boss led the Eagles to safety last season and won the Premier League Manager of the Year in doing so.
Pulis became increasingly frustrated with the lack of transfer activity at the club, however, and left by mutual consent just three days before the new season.
Now working as a pundit for beIN Sports, the Welshman told viewers: “Going back where? [Palace] No, no. No chance.”
Odds had shortened dramatically on a stunning come-back, with him becoming fourth favourite last night, after Malky Mackay's texting scandal resulted in Palace looking elsewhere.
Tim Sherwood, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, was also offered the post but talks between the two parties broke down earlier this week.
The nature of Pulis's exit, so late into pre-season, has left the 56-year-old 'disappointed' but he is at peace with his reasons for leaving.
Who will be the next Crystal Palace manager?
Who will be the next Crystal Palace manager?
1/9 Neil Lennon
The current favourite has been out of management since stepping down from Celtic in May after four years in charge in Glasgow, his first job in management. Lennon, who led the Bhoys to the title in each of the last three seasons, is a fiery character on the sideline, often getting into spats with referees and SFA officials.
2/9 Keith Millen
Has had four spells as a caretaker manager at Bristol City and Palace but only one full season in the top job, at City in 2010-11. Taking over from Steve Coppell, who left just one game into the season, City eventually came 14th under Millen’s guidance.
3/9 Steve Clarke
Has jumped from a rank outsider to the second favourite to take over at Selhurst Park; Clarke was seen as harshly treated by many when he lost his job at West Brom in December 2013. The previous season they had finished 8th in the Premier League, but ended that campaign badly and started the next one even worse. He has plenty of experience as an assistant with stints at Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool.
4/9 Martin Jol
Another former Spurs manager, Jol’s big reputation took a significant knock after he was sacked from Fulham in December following six successive defeats. If he were appointed Palace would like the man who almost led Tottenham to the Champions League rather than the one that led Fulham to relegation.
5/9 Dermot Drummy
A relative unknown, Drummy once had a contract with Arsenal but failed to play a league game for the Gunners before bouncing around non-league clubs. When he retired from playing at 35, he returned to north London as a coach, starting with the Under-16s, working with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs. He moved to Chelsea’s Under-16s and worked his way up the ladder, eventually taking charge of the Youth Team, then the reserves. Drummy was recently appointed to the role of international head coach
6/9 Phil Brown
The former Hull City boss is currently at Southend United, where he led the Shrimpers to the play-offs last season after years in League Two obscurity. Brown is best known for leading Hull to the Premier League, though some eccentricities, such as singing to fans on the day the club stayed up and holding a team talk on the pitch, have overshadowed the job he did at the club.
7/9 David Moyes
Manchester United still seem to be feeling the ill-effects of the Scot’s reign at Old Trafford. But Moyes got the job in the first place because he had been a brilliant manager at Everton for a decade, taking the club from relegation fodder to perennial top six contenders. Roberto Martinez’s success last season has futher tarnished Moyes’ legacy, but he remains a skilled manager.
8/9 Glenn Hoddle
The former England manager has not managed any side since he left Wolves in 2006, spending the intervening years as a television pundit. Hoddle returned to football earlier this month when Harry Redknapp named him as a first-team coach at QPR. The Independent understands he has ruled himself out of the running.
9/9 Roberto Di Matteo
Best known for a highly eventful spell in charge of Chelsea, where he won the FA Cup and the Champions League before getting sacked at the start of the next season, Di Matteo also had good spells as manager of MK Dons and West Brom.
“Having spent the whole pre-season working with the players – going to Austria, America and Germany – to prepare everything for the new season and not to get started with them is a little a disappointing,” he said the beIN Sports studio in Doha.
"But a situation arose where we amicably came to an agreement, and I’m here with you instead."
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Steve Clarke, who was sacked by West Brom last season, are the new favourites to fill the vacant post at Selhurst Park.
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