Pat McGibbon has withdrawn his interest in the vacant Glentoran managerial post.
The Glens have stepped up their search to find a successor for Eddie Patterson who was sacked last month.
Former Oval defender McGibbon had one of the favourites for the role, but the 42-year-old has joined Harland and Wolff Welders boss Gary Smyth in pulling out of the race.
“I did apply and was keen on the job but I got the impression that Glentoran didn’t feel I was the right man,” said McGibbon.
Former Ballymena United, Coleraine and Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels continues to be strongly linked with the position.
Shiels was in attendance at The Oval on Saturday as the Glens drew 1-1 with Coleraine.
Director of Football Roy Coyle – who is currently acting as caretaker boss – is expected to remain in charge for Saturday’s trip to Ballymena United.
Glentoran sit sixth in the Danske Bank Premiership after 14 games.