Mackay new favourite as Cardiff escape from Shearer debacle

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Talks between Cardiff City and Alan Shearer have broken down leading to the former Newcastle United striker to rule himself out of the managerial race.

Why the two parties we’re ever engaging in talks to start with is anyone’s guess, but Cardiff’s promotion hopes stay on track with the news that Match Of The Day’s most insightful pundit will not take on the job.

A statement from Shearer read: “During these talks I was most impressed with the vision, ambition and determination of the owner Dato Chen Tien Ghee and the board.”

“Unfortunately, those talks were unsuccessful on this occassion.”

It is believed Shearer was won of five candidates on the Cardiff City shortlist to replace Dave Jones with the other four being Malky Mackay, Chris Hughton, Roberto Di Matteo and Derek McInnes.

Mackay has replaced Shearer as the odds-on favourite to land the job but Watford last week confirmed that no approach had been made for Mackay from Cardiff.

Hughton is high up on Birmingham’ shortlist to replace Alex McLeish but he alse remains the second favourite to land the job, and would prove a more popular replacement with the Cardiff City faithful than Mackay.

Di Matteo remains a long shot according to the next Cardiff City manager odds, but the Italian has a proven record in guiding teams to the Premier League and he’s the stand-out candidate on the Cardiff shortlist.

Whether he proves too expensive for the Cardiff board remains to be seen but one man that wouldn’t prove too costly is McInnes.

McInnes CV is hardly the most enticing compared to the other candidates, but he has guided St Johnstone back into the Scottish Premier League and kept them there in his only managerial job.

McInnes is bottom of the list in terms of the fans pick, but even he would be a more welcome appointment than Shearer.

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