Steve Wigley rules out being made Bristol City manager

Bristol City caretaker manager Steve Wigley has ruled himself out of the running for the permanent position.

The 49-year-old England U21 assistant coach was Keith Millen's number two and has now taken temporary charge following Millen's departure on Monday.

"I'm not applying for the job, I'm just looking at the next three days," Wigley told BBC Points West.

"I'm more than happy just to make sure the players are prepared for the incoming manager."

He added: "I'm happy to take charge until they've found the right person."

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes is a surprise early favourite to replace Millen, while Dave Jones, Sean O'Driscoll, Billy Davies and Steve McClaren are among other names being linked with the job.

Wigley's first managerial appointment came at Aldershot in 1995 and he has also stepped up to take caretaker charge while assistant at Bolton and Southampton, where he became full-time manager for a short period.

He joined up with Millen at Bristol City in August 2010 and admits he is disappointed with the board's decision to find a new manager.

"It's always a sad day when a good man who works hard loses his job and I think it will be Bristol City's loss in the long run," said Wigley.

"I was confident we could have turned it round but that opportunity is not there now, the board have made a decision and we have to move on.

"He'll be disappointed to leave the club because he gave it a good service, worked very hard but I'm sure his career is only at the beginning."