Shearer out of Cardiff running

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has ruled himself out of the vacant managerial role at Championship side Cardiff City.”I can confirm that I was one of the candidates that the club spoke to about the vacant position,” Shearer said.

“During these talks I was most impressed with the vision, ambition and determination of the owner Dato Chan Tien Ghee and the board.”

“Unfortunately, those talks were unsuccessful on this occasion.”

Shearer’s only previous managerial role was at Newcastle at the end of the 2008/09 season, when he won only one of his eight games in charge as the club failed to avoid relegation.

Cardiff have been without a manager since parting company with Dave Jones on May 30 in the wake of their Championship play-off semi-final defeat by Reading.

Shearer was one of only a handful of candidates being considered for the post.

Former West Bromwich Albion coach Roberto di Matteo, ex-Newcastle boss Chris Hughton, Watford manager Malky Mackay and St Johnstone’s Derek McInnes have also been linked with the role.

Last week, Watford released a statement stating that ‘no official approach for the services’ of Mackay had been received.

Mackay replaced current Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers in the Vicarage Road hotseat in June 2009 when Rodgers left for Reading.