Steve Bruce has revealed that Birmingham City have rejected an approach from Bolton Wanderers for his services.
Blues boss Bruce has been informed of the Trotters' interest but has been denied the opportunity to talk to the managerless club.
"My first reaction was that they've seen the type of job I've done and would like permission to speak to me," he told Sky Sports News.
"That hasn't been granted so I'll accept that."
Bolton are on the lookout for a new manager after deciding to dispense with the services of Sammy Lee on Wednesday.
Wanderers placed coaching co-ordinator Archie Knox in caretaker charge of the club, but reports continue to link Bruce and former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Jewell with the Reebok Stadium hot-seat.
Bruce's spell at Birmingham was recently brought into doubt after he admitted he feared for his future should Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung complete his proposed takeover of the club.
Bruce aired his disquiet after learning that Yeung, who already owns 29 per cent of the club's shares, was cool on a potential new contract for the former Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town boss.
He said: "I have to say it doesn't look very good (for me) at the moment.
"I found out that the vibes coming back from the Chinese consortium were negative. I know where I stand, that's for sure."