Shearer open to Blackburn post

Alan Shearer is ready to make a return to management with former club Blackburn Rovers, the Daily Mirror has reported. The ex-England striker is said to be competing with Tim Sherwood to replace Steve Kean.

There are mixed reports on whether or not Sherwood is interested in the post, however, but the Mirror claims the two title-winners are the front-runners. Shearer and Sherwood were part of the same Rovers team that won the Premier League title in 1995, beating Manchester United to the trophy on the last day of the season despite Blackburn losing to Liverpool in their final fixture – a United draw at West Ham got them out of jail.

Shearer has a brief spell of management behind him, taking charge of home-town team Newcastle United in April 2009. Joe Kinnear was the Magpies manager but had to step aside due to illness, with Shearer then replacing Chris Hughton in the dugout but failing to prevent relegation.

In June 2011 Shearer rejected the chance to manage Cardiff City but the Mirror believes the Match of the Day pundit is open to accepting the vacancy at Ewood Park, three years after turning down Blackburn before Paul Ince was appointed.

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