Dean Windass has revealed that he has applied for the manager's job at League Two strugglers Grimsby Town.
Windass, 40, took the decision to retire as a player earlier in the week and is now looking for a full-time management role.
The Mariners sacked former boss Mike Newell on Sunday following a disastrous start to the season which has left them in the drop-zone.
"I've applied for the job at Grimsby," confirmed Windass, who had been a player-coach at Darlington before manager Colin Todd left the Quakers last month.
"The fact I've just retired as a player was purely coincidental, but this is too good an opportunity for me to let it pass by.
"I was disappointed not to get the chance at Darlington when Colin left and I've always said I wanted to be a manager, to make my own decisions and be my own man. I've said that for many years now.
"Grimsby would be a great club for me to start my managerial career and I believe I've got the hunger and attributes to make a real success of it."