Kevin MacDonald has hinted that he could leave Aston Villa after being overlooked when the club stepped up their search to find a permanent successor to Martin O'Neill who resigned less than a week before the start of the season.
MacDonald has been in caretaker charge since O'Neill's exit but Monday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke City may be his last match in the hot-seat as Gerard Houllier is set to take on the managerial reins.
MacDonald has already turned down the chance to be the Frenchman's assistant but it had been thought that he would return to his previous job as reserve team boss.
However, he said: "I put my name up for the job. Once I did that I knew there might be disappointment. It took me long enough to decide what I wanted to do.
"Once I didn't get it I was disappointed, but my decision to go back and work with the reserves is totally down to me to re-evaluate what I want to do, it's as simple as that.
"I had always thought when I got the job that I wasn't going to do the assistant's job, so there was never any thought of doing that. Now I have to decide whether I'm going to be a manager.
"Some would say I'm going to be a decent manager, others might not. I need to know for myself. I'm doing things for me."