Paolo Di Canio insists he is ready to become a Premier League manager, adding to rumours that he could take over the reigns at Reading.
Di Canio, 44, was instilled as a favourite to lead the Royals after Brian McDermott was relieved of his duties as boss on Monday.
The Italian, who has been out of work since leaving Swindon in February, is believed to be looking for a Premier League role and is confident he has proved his worth by winning last season's League Two title.
"I proved in League One and Two that I was the best manager, and I now feel I'm ready for the next level," Di Canio said. "I'm at a stage where I'm a Premier League or Championship manager.
"I've already proven my ability in League Two and League One, where there are many arrogant and average players. I was able to turn their mentality and help them become better footballers.
"You can imagine if I have the chance to do the same at the top level. I've only had success. That success proves the methodology we used was correct and that me and my coaching staff were completely right in the way we do things."
Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, Nigel Adkins, Alan Curbishley and Gus Poyet have also been linked with the Reading job.