Stuart Tuck this evening turned down managing Burgess Hill FC after the club sacked player-manager Jamie Howell.
The club took action as the team has only ten games left to avoid relegation after suffering a run of poor results.
Tuck, an outstanding player for Hillians, was interviewed early this evening Thursday March 4 by chief executive Gary Croydon.
But Croydon said that Tuck had declined the job and it appeared Tuck would be leaving Leylands Park. Croydon added: "If that's the case then we are really sorry to be losing an oustanding contributor."
Chairman Kevin Newell gave Howell the news of his dismissal before training on Tuesday, when it was revealed the board had decided two weeks earlier that they could only afford to wait and see for three or four more games. That time was up when Hillians unluckily lost 2-1 at Dulwich Hamlet on Sunday.
Howell's assistant Colin Hunwick is also axed but the club were hoping Tuck would take over the reins, at least until the end of the season.
Tuck was a major presence in the dug-out after injury ruled him out for the rest of season since the turn of the year.
Full story in this week's Mid Sussex Times