Martin O'Neill has refused to respond to speculation linking him with the vacant manager's role at his former club Leicester City.
City have been managerless following Sven-Goran Eriksson's exit last week and O'Neill was one of the first names mentioned to succeed the Swede.
O'Neill told BBC Radio Leicester he "did not want to talk about the Leicester job, on or off the record".
But the fact he refused to rule out a return will encourage Foxes fans.
The Northern Irishman is still seen as a hero by many supporters from his previous spell in charge from 1995-2000.
O'Neill won promotion to the top flight and achieved four top-10 finishes, as well as winning the League Cup twice.
He left to take over as Celtic boss and then became Aston Villa manager in 2005 but has been out of work since quitting Villa in 2010.