Colchester United caretaker boss Wayne Brown says he would "love" to manage the U's permanently one day.
The 38-year-old has stepped up from Under-18 manager after Tony Humes left the League One club last week.
"I'd love an opportunity to manage Colchester, I don't think that's any secret," he told BBC Essex.
"I'm just taking it step-by-step and the remit from the chairman is I can take over for the next two games - and that's all I am concentrating on."
Brown, who made 159 appearances for the U's during his playing career, takes charge of a side with the worst defensive record in the Football League, having conceded 49 goals, and currently one place above the relegation zone.
But before Saturday's FA Cup second-round game against Altrincham, the former defender says that his side - who won four matches in a row in September - just need to regain some belief.
"We've got some great players here and that's been evident throughout the season," said Brown.
"With a little bit of confidence and belief there's no reason why the same players can't turn this thing around.
"Looking out from in, I don't think there's anything horrendously wrong with the personnel we have, it's more about the mentality that they have have. Confidence, whether it be individually or as a unit is massive for any team in any division."