Wigan Athletic have confirmed Paul Jewell has ruled out a return to the JJB stadium.
"Paul has made it clear he doesn't want the post," said the spokesperson. "But it made sense to ask him because of the unique relationship he has with the chairman. Dave asked Paul if he would come back and he thought about it but decided it was not for him. They did not get into any contractual discussions. There are still a lot of decent applicants and it's a wide open field and we're still confident we will have a new manager in place by our next game."