Reading boss Steve Coppell has dismissed reports linking him with the Republic of Ireland manager's job following Steve Staunton's departure earlier this week.
Despite the Royals' bad start, Coppell is determined to ensure the club will be starting a third successive campaign in the Premier League in 2008-09.
He said: "The stories are just people being mischievous but I did do an interview with Pat Dolan, who does the TV over there, and he asked about it.
"I just said the older I get the more international football appeals to me. Eight games a year - I could quite happily do that.
"I also happened to mention my grandmother was Irish so to all intents and purposes I qualify."
Reading are currently three points above the relegation zone but have conceded 15 goals in their last four matches in all competitions.