In a move which has wrong footed many of his colleagues and former friends, the Justice Secretary is now the bookies favourite to replace Chris Evans as the presenter of the hit BBC show 'Top Gear'.
Following the shock resignation of Chris Evans, who himself replaced the jocular, much loved and only occasionally inappropriately psychotic jacket and jeans wearing meat fan, Jeremy "Jezza" Clarkson, Mr Gove will take the reins of the smash hit TV show.
"I certainly do not want to front a prime time motoring programme" confirmed Mr Gove. "I am completely unqualified for such a task, and would certainly would not be something I would put myself forward for," he continued.
Dr Gavin Gouda, visiting professor of Politics and Boot Fit Jeans at the University of Westward Ho!, has confirmed that this has all the signs of a Gove master stroke.
"Clearly, when Mr Gove says that he doesn't want the job, then he wants the job. If he says he's not interested in it for his own personal benefit, then its clear that it is - and he does. The man is quite, quite brilliant."
"What's more, on this basis he is currently the front runner to be the new Labour Leader, Nigel Farage's replacement in UKIP and the man to take over the Argentinian no. 10 shirt vacated by Lionel Messi," continued Dr Gouda. "As he is completely and utterly unqualified for all of those positions too! The man's a genius!"
"Hang on though, UKIP? No... it's vacant, there is no one left to betray and its right wing fear driven politics. He won't want that. It's just like his current job."