Braintree Town midfielder Bradley Quinton says he does not want to be considered for the manager's role.
The 31-year-old, who took caretaker charge of the Iron two years ago, admitted he was "gutted" and "shocked" that Rod Stringer left on Thursday.
"It's something I want to do in the future, but I'm not interested right now," he told BBC Essex.
"I'm fit and healthy and I want to be playing more, it's been a great club to me and I'm enjoying my football."
Stringer and his backroom staff failed to agree new terms with chairman Lee Harding, just weeks after leading the club to the Blue Square Bet Premier for the first time in their history.
"I'm a bit gutted and a bit shocked," added midfielder Quinton.
"Especially so soon after having such a great season and expectations for next season were very high.
"The boys want to meet up and Rod wants to meet up to discuss a few things that have gone on."
Quinton took charge of Braintree from November 2008 until April 2009 between Lee Patterson and Robbie Garvey's reigns.