Alan Shearer will not succeed Dave Jones as manager of Cardiff after talks held with the Welsh club’s board failed to bear fruit.
The removal of the Premier League’s record goalscorer from the running leaves Roberto di Matteo, Chris Hughton and Malky Mackay as leading contenders for the position.
Jones was sacked after Cardiff’s failure in the Championship play-off semi-finals in May and under normal circumstances the club would have been considered as one of the favourites for promotion this season.
However, influential forward Craig Bellamy has returned to Manchester City following his loan spell, top scorer Jay Bothroyd’s contract has expired and Michael Chopra has joined Ipswich for £1.5 million.
As such, Cardiff are only seventh-favourites for the Championship title at 14/1.
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Nevertheless, Shearer said he was impressed with the “vision, ambition and determination” of the club’s owner and board, suggesting that Cardiff might just be title challengers.
“I can confirm that I was one of the candidates that the club spoke to about the vacant position,” he said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, those talks were unsuccessful on this occasion.
“Cardiff City is a great club and I wish them every success next season.”
Shearer’s only experience of management to date is a brief spell in charge of Newcastle, where he failed to halt the club’s slide into the Championship during his eight-game spell.
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