Caretaker boss Trevor Brooking has ruled himself out of the running for the West Ham job.
Brooking has ruled himself out of the West Ham job
The former England international stepped into the breach after Glenn Roeder became the first managerial sacking of the season.
Brooking also took charge during last season's run-in, following Roeder's illness.
But Hammers director Brooking insists he would not be comfortable taking on the role of successor on a full-time basis.
Brooking said: "It's a difficult situation but I'm not comfortable in the role of stepping
into Glenn's shoes.
"This is a totally different
situation from the end of last season.
"I'm not looking at that, and it's just a case of getting on and doing the
job in the next two weeks, and trying to get a couple of results until we find a
"We have to try and give the club a bit of breathing space to make the
appointment, and I will keep my head down and let events take their course," Brooking told West Ham's official website.
Brooking issued a warning for whoever does land the job.
He said: "It's a difficult job which has its problems - and whoever takes over will
have to be strong to get a grip on the different personalities the club has.
"It is one of those situations where we will see what emerges; but all I am
asking for in the meantime is for the attitude to be there.
"We need that commitment or we will be in a lot of trouble in this division;
we need people who will sweat blood for the club - that is the least the fans