Terry Venables has confirmed that that he would consider an offer to become the next manager of the Republic of Ireland.
Venables has been tipped to succeed Steve Staunton but he admitted that he had not yet been approached by the Football Association of Ireland.
“If it comes around I will think about it then but not before,” said the former England manager.
The FAI have asked Republic under-21 manager Don Givens and Don Howe to conduct their search for a new manager.
When asked about the speculation linking him with the Republic job, Venables joked: “I was asked if I have heard from Ireland. I said I hadn’t even heard from Scotland.”
Venables lost his job as England assistant last month after Steve McLaren’s sacking.
“I have enjoyed the international experience. It wasn’t as good as we wanted it (with England) by any stretch of the imagination.
“I like big challenges. In the main I have not been unhappy with the challenges I have taken on.”