Former Ireland defender Richard Dunne has kept cool on rumours linking him with the position of Bohemians manager.
Bohemians are without a manager since the dismissal of Keith Long at the end of August, with Derek Pender currently in charge as interim manager.
It was reported this morning in The Irish Sun that Richard Dunne is among a shortlist of names to replace Long, with former Dundalk manager Vinnie Perth and Pender also considered for the role.
Since his retirement, Richard Dunne is often on our screens as a pundit for Virgin Media, and is tonight for the UEFA Nations League, where he addressed the speculation.
It’s not the worst story I have heard about myself. It’s one of those things that happens, ex-international, you get linked with stuff time to time.
"For the last six or seven years I have been coaching in England, doing my coaching badges and stuff. I just finished my pro license, so time to test myself at a higher level."
Richard Dunne To Bohs?
"It's not the worst story I've heard about myself. Now it's time to try and test myself at a higher level."
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While Richard Dunne failed to elaborate on the reports linking him to the job, he outlined the conditions that would make him interested in management.
Something that’s a good challenge, something that’s a good project, a team that wants to be progressive, they want to move forward.
"You can affect it and make a difference, that’s something that would appeal to me. Bohemians currently lie in sixth place in what has been a disappointing season for the club, 17 points off European football."
Should the former Manchester City centre back take up the tole at Bohs, he would become the second Irish international managing in the League of Ireland, with his former teammate Damien Duff currently in charge of Shelbourne.