Former Newcastle United manager Kenny Dalglish has dismissed rumours linking him with a shock return to St James' Park to succeed Kevin Keegan for a second time.
Dalglish spent 18 months in charge of the Magpies between 1997 and 1998 and has been suggested as a possible successor to Keegan, who recently quit the club over interference in his transfer dealings.
"Nobody from the club has contacted me and I won't be returning," Dalglish told the Evening Chronicle.
"It's sad that things have gone wrong at Newcastle, but the next manager will not be me."
Meanwhile, Magpies skipper Michael Owen has urged his team-mates to try and move on from the furore surrounding Keegan's exit and focus on trying to get things right on the pitch.
"We all liked Kevin Keegan and were sad to see him go," he said. "We're all feeling it at the moment.
"But we've got to snap out of the doom and gloom and try and get some confidence and results. At the minute not picking up the results is hurting the players.
"We're as much in the dark as the fans are as to the next move and it doesn't make it any easier as Kevin Keegan was very popular with the players and the fans."