Motherwell boss Craig Brown has turned down the chance to take charge of Aberdeen.
The Dons have recently stepped up their bid to land a replacement for Mark McGhee, who was sacked last week.
Brown, and his assistant Archie Knox, held informal talks with Dons director of football Willie Miller before deciding to rule themselves out of the running for the Pittodrie post.
"Out of courtesy, we met with Aberdeen but we were never specifically offered the job," Brown said. "I had a call from an agent asking me about Aberdeen and I was lukewarm. I wasn't even thinking about an offer from another club."
Brown and Knox work without contracts at Fir Park which would have enabled the Dons to lure them north without the prospect of paying compensation.
However, the pair have decided to concentrate on their work at Motherwell after impressing since taking over in December 2009.
Motherwell chief executive Leeann Dempster said: "Given the fantastic on-field success in 2010, it is not surprising that other clubs are taking an interest in our management team.
"With that in mind, we can confirm that representatives from Aberdeen Football Club met briefly with both Craig Brown and Archie Knox yesterday afternoon.
"However, both have decided to reject any approach and reiterated their commitment to Motherwell Football Club. We look forward to continued success under both men in the future."
Aberdeen will now continue their search for a new boss, with Scotland Under-21 manager Billy Stark and former Hibernian chief John Hughes among the leading contenders.