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Blackburn fans have been dealt a blow with the news that club legend Alan Shearer has ruled himself out of the race to be the next manager.

Shearer was the fans' choice to take over at Ewood Park following Mark Hughes' departure to Manchester City.

But Shearer - who has openly spoken of his desire to go into management one day - has 'politely declined' the opportunity to go on the shortlist for the post.

Working as a pundit for the BBC at the Euro finals, he said on Wednesday: "The situation was, and is, that I was very flattered to have got a call from the chief executive, John Williams, at Blackburn.

"He asked me if I would like to be included on a shortlist for the manager's job, which I politely declined because of the commitments that I have, namely this one.

"I was very flattered to have been asked and I thank him for that.

"He has made two great decisions in his last two decisions for the managers, and I am sure he will go on and make a third one, and I wish him good luck."

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