Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the running for the Chelsea job.
The Tottenham manager is one of the few home-grown managers linked to the Blues hot seat, vacated on Sunday by the sacked Andre Villas-Boas.
But while the favourite for the England position labelled the role a "dream job" for the Portuguese's successor, he believes he is not the right man for it.
He laughed: "It would be difficult. I wouldn't be able to come back to north London. So no, I will pass on that one," reported AOL UK.
Pep Guardiola is the favourite for the role, after indirect contact was made by Chelsea officials. Jose Mourinho, spotted house-hunting in London last week and expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, as well as ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez have both been touted for a return to English football.
But Sven wants the Blues gig:
Redknapp's unsurprising admission makes his worst kept secret about wanting to take charge of the Three Lions all the more obvious.
His chances were aided when Fabio Capello resigned from the post on the day he was acquitted of tax evasion charges, before Tottenham thrashed Newcastle United 5-0 three days later.
Yet Tottenham have not won since that mauling and lost back-to-back games against Arsenal and Manchester United recently, effectively ending their distant hopes of winning the Premier League title.
Roy Hodgson meanwhile, has emerged as a fickle contender after West Brom's three successive victories, with the most recent coming in Villas-Boas' last match in charge of Chelsea.
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