Terry Brown wants the Hayes & Yeading United manager’s job.
The popular 60-year-old, who played for Hayes in the 1970s and managed them between 1993 and 2002, has applied to succeed Nas Bashir, who was sacked on Monday.
Brown has been out of work since leaving AFC Wimbledon in September and has quickly emerged as a contender to take over at United.
He told West London Sport: “I’ve registered my desire for the job. I’ll be sending in my CV and seeing if they want to give me an interview.
“It would be ideal for me to move back there if I could but I imagine there will be several candidates for it.
“It’s a great opportunity for whoever gets the job. They’re living at Woking at the moment but as and when they move into Springfield Road, they will have fantastic facilities which will enable the club to grow.
“They’ve got a fantastic youth set-up and if they can tap into that, that’s going to be the future of the club.”
Brown has led all three of his previous clubs to promotion.
He took the pre-merger Hayes from the depths of the Isthmian Premier Division to the top end of the Conference, before leaving 11 years ago to become boss of Aldershot Town.
He also guided the Shots into the Conference before taking AFC Wimbledon up three divisions and establishing them as a Football League club.
Brown paid the price for a poor start to this season but says he is now feeling refreshed and ready to return to management.
He added: “I’ve been to more matches in the last few months than I have ever.
“I’ve been all over the place, watching professional matches, under-21 games, League Two, Conference and even down to the Ryman because you never know where the next opportunity will come up.”