Roberto Di Matteo has hinted he would listen to Chelsea if they approach him about the manager's job in the summer.
The Blues have lined up Guus Hiddink for an immediate dual role in taking care of business in SW6 alongside his duties as coach of the Russian team until the end of the season - but then it's open house again for all potential candidates, including longshot Di Matteo.
The former Chelsea midfielder has earned glowing praise by taking unfancied MK Dons to the top of League One, and was an unwitting nail in Luiz Felipe Scolari's coffin when a fan paraded a banner during the drab 0-0 home draw with Hull on Saturday.
The banner read: "Scolari out - Zola/Di Matteo, Chelsea legends": a clear sign of where sympathies lay with some paying customers.
Although Hiddink is a popular choice, at 62 he may not want the continued onerous pressure that comes with the top job at Stamford Bridge.
However, 38-year-old Di Matteo admits he has eyes on the horizon.He said: "My ambition is just to be successful wherever I am.
"There is not much we can talk about with regards to Chelsea - there is not much meat on the bone as yet.
"But it is flattering obviously that the fans still remember you in good terms. I always had a good relationship with fans and supporters there."
Di Matteo was the scorer of the fastest-ever goal in an FA Cup final when he buried the ball past Middlesbrough's Ben Roberts after just 43 seconds in 1997.
Meanwhile, caretaker boss Ray Wilkins has hinted Chelsea's misfiring squad could become a victim of another Championship FA Cup giantkilling unless they adapt to a dodgy pitch at Watford on Saturday.
He said: "Watford will be on a pitch that's quite unusual to what our guys are used to playing on. It's a bit of a test for us."
Blues were dumped out by Barnsley 1-0 last year.