Alan Shearer has told BBC Sport he has declined the offer to be placed on the shortlist of candidates for the managerial vacancy at Blackburn Rovers.
“The situation is that I was very flattered to get a call off of Blackburn’s chief executive John Williams,” said the 37-year-old.
“He asked me if I wanted to be included on a shortlist for the manager’s job, which I politely declined.”
Shearer had been among the favourites to replace Mark Hughes at Ewood Park.
Hughes was appointed Manchester City manger on 5 June after four years at Blackburn.
And Shearer, who scored 112 goals for Rovers between 1992-96 and helped them to the Premier League title in ’95, was immediately linked with the position.
He was even reported to have told Mike Newell, his former Rovers strike partner and Tommy Craig, the former Newcastle coach, that he would appoint them to his backroom staff if and when he became manager.