Chester boss Ian Rush has ruled himself out of becoming the next manager of Wales.
The 43-year-old former Liverpool and Wales striker was one of the leading contenders to take the job following the departure of Mark Hughes last month.
Rush said: “It’s very flattering for me to be linked with the Welsh job since Mark Hughes left. But having just started at Chester, I found myself in a very difficult position, ” he told the Chester Chronicle.
"That's why I made my decision to stay and try to establish my managerial credentials at the Deva Stadium.''
With Mark Wright leaving the club on the eve of the season, and a wretched run of results at the start of the campaign, Rush has turned the fortunes of the Coca-Cola League Two club around.
Before the 4-1 defeat at Yeovil last weekend, Chester were unbeaten in 10 games in all competition.
Hughes was appointed as Wales boss with no prior managerial experience and when he left to concentrate on his job at Blackburn, Rush was one name suggested to take over.
And Rush, who is in his rookie year of management, admits he would like to manage his country after gaining more experience.
“I was given permission by my club to talk to the Welsh Football Association, and nothing would make me prouder than managing my country one day.
“At the same time, I feel very passionately about continuing my career at Chester. Leaving was the last thing on my mind. The recent developments really did come out of the blue. The timing of such an opportunity was not ideal, but football has a habit of throwing these kind of things your way.”
Rush revealed his relationship with Chester chairman Steve Vaughan persuaded him to stay at the club.
“I made sure I didn’t rush my decision and having a great relationship with my chairman helped me make my commitment to stay.
“My main focus remains helping Chester move towards the play-off places and I intend to be manager at the Deva Stadium for a long time to come.”