Rovers quiet on Shearer link

Alan Shearer will find out if he has the Blackburn Rovers manager's job within the next ten days, according to the club's chairman John Williams. The former England striker is reported to have indicated he would be interested in taking charge at Ewood Park when he was sounded out by Rovers last week in the aftermath of Mark Hughes' move to Manchester City.

Shearer would be an ideal appointment for the fans after helping Blackburn win the Premier League in 1995 and scoring 130 goals for the club. But Williams refused comment on the Shearer speculation, and revealed the Premier League club have been contacted by several candidates since Hughes' departure.

Former England coach Steve McClaren, ex-Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce and Paul Ince, currently in charge at League One Milton Keynes Dons, have all been linked with the Rovers job.

"There are over 40 names on the list. It is a good list, a healthy list with lots of interesting applicants," Williams told Sky Sports News. "We will start work today and see where we go. I hope we would have something within a week to ten days."

Shearer has previously ruled out an assistant coaching job with England and a similiar position with Newcastle. He is currently working with the BBC as part of their team covering UEFA EURO 2008.