Sam Allardyce has reacted angrily to speculation linking him as a replacement for under-fire Newcastle manager Graeme Souness.
However, should the position become vacant the Bolton boss would appear not to have ruled himself out of the running.
'I do not like being linked to a club where another manager is in the job,' he told the Bolton Evening News.
'It is unfair on me, it is unfair on this club and unfair on Graeme Souness. It just adds to the pressures.'
Allardyce added: 'You cannot stop speculation when there is a vacancy.
'But speculation before anything has happened is completely out of order.'
Allardyce has built a reputation as one of England's brightest coaches, having taken Bolton from promotion in 2001 to the UEFA Cup on limited resources.
They are through to the last 32 of the competition - their first in Europe - and face Marseille over two legs next month.
Not only that, Bolton are again riding high in the Barclays Premiership and ended Liverpool's glorious 10-match unbeaten league run on Monday by taking a point in a rousing 2-2 draw.