Southend United's new manager Phil Brown revealed that he was asked about taking the job earlier in his managerial career.
Brown, who was unveiled at a new conference at Roots Hall, said that the opportunity first came after losing his job at Hull City.
"I spoke to the chairman Ron Martin three years ago when I was on gardening leave at Hull," Brown said.
"I looked at the challenge then but wasn't sure about moving from the Premier League to a lower division.
"But his ambitions for this club were clear for me then as they are now."
Brown also confirmed that he'd spoken to former boss Paul Sturrock about the Johnstone's Paints Trophy Final at Wembley.
"Strange things do happen in football. It's a subject that was broached to me when I spoke about the position," Brown added.
Paul Sturrock has changed his mind about to manage Southend in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley after he was sacked.
The Shrimpers are due to unveil Phil Brown as their new manager at a press conference this morning