Chris Hutchings is ready to return to work after his dumping by Wigan Athletic.
He was expected to team up again with Paul Jewell at Derby before Stan Ternent was appointed as No 2 at Pride Park.
Breaking his silence after leaving Wigan, Hutchings told the Daily Mail: "We've not fallen out. I congratulated Paul on his move and wished him all the best. I know he'll do a good job at Derby.
Hutchings said he did not expect to be fired by Wigan but added he was now looking to get back in the game.
"It was a shock getting the sack," he said. "But after a month of golf and watching other people's teams, I'm ready and willing and maybe a little bit wiser."