Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has told talkSPORT Malky Mackay will NOT be appointed Scotland manager on a permanent basis.
Mackay, the SFA performance director, is leading the side for Thursday's friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie having assumed caretaker duties following Gordon Strachan's departure.
But Regan says the former Cardiff, Wigan and Watford boss is not under consideration to be Strachan's full-time successor.
Asked by Jim White if Mackay was a genuine contender for the job, Regan replied: "No, Malky and I have discussed this. He's got a big job on his hands, he's said that himself.
"He's been asked by the board to take charge for one game and that's what he's doing. He's very proud to lead his country and I'm sure he will be looking forward to the opportunity."
Regan has vowed to take his time to find the perfect successor to Strachan, and has not ruled out appointing a foreign boss.
"We have got a very long list of candidates, as you can imagine for an opportunity like this," he said.
"We don't have a competitive game until next September and therefore this is not something we need to rush into.
"We are going to take our time, we're going to consider the candidates and we're going to try to identify the person that we believe can lead us to Euro 2020.
"There isn't really a time frame on it, we will find the right person and when we have got that person we will make an appointment.
"There's lots of people that have put their name in the frame for this job – lots of out-of-work managers and a number of managers who are already under contract. We've had a lot of interest in the job.
"When we have had a chance to sit down and review that list and come up with our shortlist, then we'll decide who we are going to see.
"Ultimately, it is the best person for the job. I wouldn't want to restrict the opportunities by saying it has to be one nationality or another. It will be great if we could get a Scot to lead Scotland, but we wouldn’t want to rule out opportunities to cast the net far and wide.”