Paul Jewell insists he is ready to return to football management and that he will be better than ever.
"I smirk when I hear people saying I got out of management because I couldn't handle the pressure," Jewell told the Daily Express.
"It was a career decision. I'd been at Wigan for six years. I still love the club and have a good relationship with the chairman (Dave Whelan), but it just felt it was time to take a break.
"When you are involved in the sharp end, you don't see the wood for the trees. I have taken a look at myself.
"I was watching with a clear mind and, hopefully, when I go back into management I will be better for my time out.
"I will never lose my passion, but I think I'd make my decisions a little more calmly. But I don't want to change too much.
"I think I am a decent manager who can get better."