Former Notts County defender Sol Campbell has suggested that he didn't get the Grimsby Town job due to a lack of experience.
The 43-year-old has been linked with a number of managerial roles but is yet to secure his first coaching job since he retired from football in 2011.
Campbell, once a star for Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and England was believed to be in talks to take the reins at Oxford United in February but nothing came of it.
This led to the one-time Magpie appearance holder to bemoan the fact that "one of the greatest minds in football" was being overlooked for jobs.
Campbell was then was invited for an interview with the Mariners, who eventually appointed former Burnley Under-23s coach Michael Jolley.
"I went to Grimsby for an interview," Campbell told Sky Sports at the weekend. "I didn't have much time to prepare.
"It could be experience, knowing that division, I totally understand and I think it's fair. But you can get people around you who do. I understand there's always a plus and minus in everything you do, but there's experience in knowing the league.
"I'm prepared. If I need to get my hands dirty, I'll get my hands dirty. If I need to get someone around me who knows the league, I'll do that. That's all part of building a team together. You need your mini-team around you to help you."