CALLUM DAVIDSON has ruled himself out of a return to St Johnstone as manager to succeed Tommy Wright who quit at the weekend, as Scotzine reported.
The Northern Irishman’s assistant Alec Cleland is now favourite for the Perth post.
Fifty-six-year-old Wright led the McDiarmid Park outfit to Scottish Cup success in 2014 during his seven years in charge at the club.
But rows with chairman Steve Brown, particularly over their January transfer strategy, saw him relinquish the job with two years left on his contract.
Davidson, 43, spent five years as number two to Wright from 2013 and was also a fan favourite over two spells with the club he joined from school.
The former Scotland international full-back is currently assistant to Gary Rowett at Millwall after accepting the role in October last year.
Davidson, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “I’m in a brilliant job just now and working for a terrific club with great owners.
“I love working there and the new experience of London and I’m delighted to be where I am.
“I’m in a fortunate position and I know more than anyone just how hard an act it will be to follow Tommy. He did so much with so little and people don’t realise the extent of his achievements.
“It’s a decent job at St Johnstone, but also a tough one with reconstruction talks up in the air and the Scottish game facing a challenging financial environment for the next few years.”
Cleland has been named temporary boss with names such as David Hopkin (Morton), Danny Lennon (Clyde) and Darren Young (East Fife) also mentioned as possible candidates