Phil Brown has turned down the chance to manage Grimsby Town, according to the BBC Radio Humberside journalist Mike White.
The League Two side had offered the former Hull City, Preston North End and Southend United boss a route back into football but he has turned them down.
Phil Brown has recently been sacked by Southend United after a poor start to their League One season. He has been linked with the vacant Fleetwood Town job as well.
Brown’s best achievement as a manager came at Hull City in 2008 as he guided them to the Premier League for the first time in their history. He then kept them up in their first season in the top flight but was then harshly sacked in their second campaign and replaced by Iain Dowie.
His time at Hull City was very successful but there were some moments of controversy, such as his team talk on the pitch at half-time in a Premier League game against Manchester City.
Since leaving the Tigers in 2010, Brown has gone onto manage Preston North End and Southend United. He got Southend promoted from League Two via the Play-Offs in May 2015.
He is an experienced manager in the England and would have been a decent coup by Grimsby Town. He obviously believes that there are better opportunities out there for him. He does seem to be getting linked with a lot of vacant jobs at the moment which suggests he will be back in the game before no time.