West Ham striker Teddy Sheringham has told BBC Sport he turned down a coaching role at the club because he wanted to concentrate on playing.
The 39-year-old, who has been widely tipped to go into management, says it is far from certain that he will.
"When I came here I was offered the chance to get involved in coaching. I said no, that would be stepping on other people's toes," he said.
"It's not automatic that I'll go into coaching, I've not got any badges yet."
Sheringham is 40 next April but said that despite his age, he was keen to play as much of a part in West Ham's Premiership return as possible and that he was not worried about his ability to last the pace.
"I've not signed a contract to sit and watch, the manager knows I want to play, so it's up to him to pick me," he said.
"Over the 90 minutes, playing in the Premiership is tougher, but you don't play as many games so recovery shouldn't be a problem."
Because of his wealth of experience with Tottenham, Manchester United and England among others, many people have said Sheringham would be a natural for management.
But he says that far from being ready to teach, he is still keen to keep learning.
"My experience and tips here and there can be useful to players, but there's also still useful things that people say to me, whether they come from a 22-year-old or a 50-year old," he said.
"You're always learning, so whether I'm giving out experience, or I'm getting it from other people, we're all in it to help each other.
"I don't want to be doing coaching yet. You should be involved in one side of the game or the other if you want to do it effectively."