Manchester City legend Shaun Goater has applied for the manager's job at Chester FC, The Chronicle can reveal.
Although the club will not confirm details of applicants on the ground of confidentiality, a source close to the Bermuda native confirmed he has submitted his CV.
Goater, 46, made more than 500 Football League appearances in a 17-year career that began with Manchester United and took in Rotherham United, Notts County, Bristol City, Reading, Coventry City and Southend United.
He became a cult hero during five years at Maine Road, scoring 103 goals in 212 appearances and his role in the club's return to the Premier League from the old Second Division coined the terrace chant 'Feed The Goat'.
Goater, who won 36 international caps, retired from the English game in 2006, becoming a co-owner of Bermuda Hogges and coaching with the North Village Rams in his homeland before returning to the UK.
He holds the Uefa B Licence coaching qualification and in recent seasons he has worked as a forwards coach at Doncaster Rovers and St Johnstone.
Goater was named assistant manager at Evo-Stik League side New Mills in August under Andy Fearn, who had been part of Steve Burr's back-room team at Chester, but left when Fearn departed the following month.
"Shaun is looking to break into management and would love the chance to manage Chester," the source told The Chronicle.
"He's been waiting for an opportunity like this after building up his experience. He's been watching a lot of football in the National League and believes he could make a real success of it."
Chester sacked Steve Burr earlier this month after a poor run of form dragged the club into a fight against relegation.
First-team coach Jon McCarthy and Ian Sharps have been put in charge until the end of the season and both have expressed an interest in succeeding Burr on a permanent basis.
Others linked with the role include ex-Southport boss Paul Carden, former Warrington Town manager Shaun Reid and Ronnie Moore, who has been out of the work since leaving Hartlepool United in February.
The club formally advertised the post on Tuesday evening and has asked interested parties to submit applications before the closing date of Monday, April 25.