St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright is no longer under consideration for the Dundee United manager's job, BBC Scotland has learned.
United contacted St Johnstone this week with a view to speaking to 52-year-old Wright about the job but this approach was rejected by the Saints board.
The Tannadice club - bottom of the Premiership - are seeking to replace Jackie McNamara, who left last month.
Dave Bowman took the first team for Saturday's loss to Partick Thistle.
The Tangerines have won only once this season and prop up the table with five points from 10 games.
Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Wright, who replaced Steve Lomas at McDiarmid Park in 2013, led St Johnstone to Scottish Cup success in his first season in charge.
He has also secured two successive top-six finishes for the Perth side and previously managed in his homeland.