Shearer out of Cardiff running

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Alan Shearer has confirmed he will not be the new manager of Cardiff.

The former Newcastle boss revealed he held talks with the npower Championship club, but they were "unsuccessful".

The former England captain said in a statement: "I can confirm that I was one of the candidates that the club spoke to about the vacant manager's position at Cardiff City. 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."

He added: "Cardiff City is a great club and I wish them every success next season."

Shearer's only previous managerial role was his ill-fated spell in charge of Newcastle at the tail-end of the 2008-09 season, where he won just one of his eight games in charge as the Magpies were relegated from the Premier League.


The Bluebirds 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 to Reading.

Shearer was only one of a handful of candidates being considered for the post, Press Association Sport understands.

Former West Brom coach Roberto di Matteo, ex-Newcastle boss Chris Hughton and Watford manager Malky Mackay are also among those to be linked with the role, although the Hornets released a statement last week saying they had not received an approach for the ex-Scotland defender.

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