Caretaker manager Alec Cleland is keen to hold talks with the St Johnstone board over the permanent position after a deal to bring in main target Paul Cook collapsed.
Sligo Rovers manager Cook could not agree personal terms with Saints chairman Geoff Brown after the clubs agreed compensation earlier this week. Cleland, who is in temporary charge along with captain Jody Morris, admitted his interest in succeeding Derek McInnes as manager following Saturday's goalless draw at Dundee United.
The club's under-19 coach said: "I'm still interested in the job. I know the players, I've got good relationships with the staff. I'd be silly to rule myself out. I'd like to speak to the chairman and Steve (Brown, director) about the position so they can get my views on it, where I would like to take the team."
The interest in Cook quickly emerged publicly after the Liverpudlian, a former Stockport team-mate of new Bristol City manager McInnes, became odds-on favourite with bookmakers following a string of bets in Ireland.
But Cleland is keen to play down speculation among the players.
"We try and shield it from them," the former Everton and Dundee United player said. "Players talk in the dressing room and there will be a lot of managers linked because it's such an attractive position.
"I think the longer it goes on the more difficult it gets.
"You don't want it to go on too long. Callum Davidson spoke about it in the papers on Monday and he was right, the uncertainty does creep in, players do talk.
"They maybe don't say it affects them but you can read the players, and it does affect them."
Saints have Cillian Sheridan back in their squad against St Mirren after he recovered from a hamstring problem but Murray Davidson has been struggling with a minor knee injury.