Shearer out of Rovers running

Shearer has been one of the bookies’ favourites to take over at

Ewood Park after Sam Allardyce was sacked by the club’s new owners

on Monday. But Shearer, who helped Rovers win the Premier League in

1994/95, ruled himself out on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme

on Saturday night. When asked what chance there was of him taking

the reins at Rovers, Shearer replied: “Save your money.” He was

then asked if he was ruling himself out, replying: “I am.” The

former England striker has only one managerial appointment on his

CV after he failed to prevent his home-town club Newcastle from

relegation from the Premier League two years ago. Shearer was

brought in on a temporary basis with eight games remaining, but

after the club was relegated he left the post. Caretaker manager

Steve Kean oversaw Blackburn’s 1-1 home draw against bottom club

West Ham on Saturday – Rovers’ first match since Allardyce’s exit.

While only serving on a temporary basis Kean was told by the club’s

Indian owners, Venky’s, earlier this week that the job was his to

lose and that he could lead them “forever”. But speculation has

continued the owners would prefer to appoint a higher-profile name

with the likes of former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill, Stuart

Pearce and Martin Jol all mentioned as possible replacements.