Roy Hodgson has knocked back an approach from West Brom in the latest twist to their manager hunt, Football Insider understands.
The 73-year-old is available after leaving Crystal Palace when his contract wasn’t extended.
An Albion source has told Football Insider West Brom have been in contact with Hodgson to assess his interest in taking over at the club for a second time.
But the former England boss wants a rest after four years at Palace and is not looking for an immediate return to management.
That is a blow to West Brom, who, as revealed by Football Insider, have pulled the plug on their pursuit of Chris Wilder.
Lincoln City boss and former Baggies coach Michael Appleton is the new frontrunner for the post made vacant by Sam Allardyce’s departure.
Allardyce took over following Slaven Bilic’s sacking but was unable to keep the Baggies in the Premier League.
Hodgson was Albion manager between February 2011 and May 2012.
The Croydon-born boss took over from Roberto Di Matteo.
He guided the club to an 11th placed finish which was their highest placing for 30 years.
He then left his role at The Hawthorns to take up the job as England manager ahead of Euro 2012.
Earlier in his career, Hodgson managed all over Europe, experiencing his most successful years in Scandinavia.
He won five straight Allsvenskan titles with Swedish outfit FC Malmo between 1985 and 1989
Hodgson won the same competition twice with Halmstads BK and also won the Danish first division with Copenhagen.
The experienced boss also managed Liverpool and Inter Milan during an impressive career.
West Brom are gearing up for another Championship campaign after an immediate return to the second tier.