James McPake may have distanced himself earlier this week from the Dundee job.
but after taking the reins as interim manager today in the dark blues 3-2 home defeat to St mirren, the u18 coach has said he would love to take on the responsibility of the manager's job.
"Of course I want it. I love this club," McPake said.
"Am I ready? Who knows? When are you ever ready?”
With Dundee now beginning the process of preparing for life in the Championship, McPake knows the club have to get it right and hit the ground running if they want to make a quick return to the top-flight.
"We've got to get it right," he said.
"We've been used to losing games and if you do that in the Championship you won't come back up. So that needs to flip.
"We believe we belong in the Premiership. We can't go down there and feel sorry for ourselves as a club. The fans won't let us do that; they will back us."
Regardless who takes over at the helm, it will be a massive summer for the club on and off the field.