Alan Shearer says Newcastle United do not want him as their next manager because he lacks experience.
Shearer is a Tyneside legend after scoring 206 goals for Newcastle
The ex-Newcastle captain says he has the skills for the job, but the club had told him they wanted a seasoned campaigner to succeed Sam Allardyce.
"I got a call from the club to say they were looking for an experienced manager, which ruled me out," he said.
"If you want someone to galvanise the dressing room, get them organised and playing then I think I could do that."
French World Cup winner and former Juventus manager Didier Deschamps is the bookmakers' favourite for the job after his odds shortened dramatically on Tuesday evening.
"I have had no official approach from Newcastle but I am flattered to be linked with such speculation," said the 39-year-old Deschamps.
If someone comes in and wants to talk to me, I would be willing to help in any way I can
Ex-Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier and Blackburn boss Mark Hughes have also been linked with the role.
Shearer issued what appears to be effectively a "come and get me" plea to Newcastle.
"If they want that and someone with experience then I'm not that man," the 37-year-old former England captain told the Sun.
"People have talked about me being a number two under an experienced manager.
"But if they are after an experienced manager, which they are, he will no doubt want his own man.
"All I would say is that if someone comes in and wants to talk to me, I would be willing to help in any way I can."
Shearer is a firm fans' favourite, having scored 206 goals in 395 matches in a 10-year career with Newcastle, and has not ruled out becoming a coach under an experienced manager.
Newcastle life president and former chairman Sir John Hall told the Evening Chronicle that he favoured Shearer working as number two alongside Houllier.
"Gerard Houllier was my choice for the job after Glenn Roeder left, and I would love to see him come to the club," said Hall.
"And if he can work closely with Alan Shearer and help him learn all about the managerial side, it would surely be a dream come true for Newcastle supporters.
"If Mike Ashley can make this happen, it would be tremendous for every Newcastle fan - and I am one of them."
Another suggestion has been that Shearer could go to Newcastle as assistant to former Newcastle boss Keegan.
Shearer said he had yet to speak to Keegan about a possible return to St James' Park, but praised his managerial record during his five-year spell.
"He is highly thought of in Newcastle and rightly so because of what he did for the club," Shearer said.
"Kevin did something special, he's a special person with special charisma."