Harry Redknapp has moved to distance himself from the Sunderland job amid claims he has a friendship with owner Ellis Short.
The Black Cats are looking for a new head coach after Dick Advocaat resigned yesterday.
Sam Allardyce, Sean Dyche and Nigel Pearson have all been linked with the job.
Redknapp, out of work since leaving QPR in February, has also been linked with the job, but when asked on Talksport if he had a close relationship with Short he said: “No, not really.
“I have been and played in a golf day up at Skibo Castle, which he owns, but I have never spoken to anyone about the job and no one has ever asked me about anything.”
Redknapp was surprised Sunderland re-appointed Advocaat in the summer after the Dutchman originally turned down the chance to return to Wearside.
The 68-year-old performed a U-turn and signed a one-year deal, but has lasted just four months before stepping down.
Redknapp added: “It was a strange appointment in the summer. He did a great job last year and you felt he wasn’t going to come back but then he decided to come back at the last minute.
“He came back and had a go but he’s bowed out gracefully and hopefully they can get the right man this time.”
That man is unlikely to be Redknapp, though, despite the ex-Spurs boss admitting he would be interested in a return to management.
“I would (come back) if it was something worth doing,” he added. “But I wouldn’t jump into something just for the sake of it.”