Blackpool have been denied permission to speak to Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara, reports BBC Sport.
The former Celtic and Wolves defender is under contract with United until 2017 and the club say that McNamara is well aware of the situation and the 40-year-old declared his committed to The Terrors.
“While flattered at the interest shown, I am very happy at Dundee United,” said McNamara.
“All of my focus is on the forthcoming Scottish Cup Final (against St Johnstone on 17 May) and preparations for the new season ahead.”
McNamara joined Dundee United from Partick Thistle midway through last season and has secured a second straight top-six finish at Tannadice as well as the upcoming Cup final.
He insists he wishes “to continue the job and build upon the foundations laid down over the last 18 months or so”.
“I view the (Blackpool) approach as a positive endorsement of all the hard work undertaken by everyone at the club in that period and have no plans to leave” McNamara added.
The United hierarchy say they will make no further comment on the matter.
Barry Ferguson has been caretaker manager at Blackpool since Paul Ince’s departure in January.
Ferguson steered the club away from relegation but it appears the Blackpool board will not be giving the former Scotland international the job permanently.
Sean Makin. Twitter @seany1985.