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Last Updated: Monday, 11 February 2008, 12:24 GMT
Shearer ruled out of Saints job
Alan Shearer
Shearer scored a hat trick against Arsenal on his full Southampton debut (Getty Images)
Alan Shearer has officially ruled himself out of the running to become the Saints' new manager.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, the former Southampton and England striker said: "I've got too many things on my plate at the moment.

"I've got my BBC commitments and my charity work. I'm also working on getting my Uefa Pro license," he added.

Shearer had been tipped to gain experience at Saints after failing to agree a role at his ex-club Newcastle.

The 37-year-old added: "I'm going to be very busy for the next six or seven months."

Shearer, who has already gained his Uefa 'A' and 'B' licences, said: "I've heard nothing from Southampton. I know Jason Dodd and John Gorman have been put in charge and I wish them all the best.

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"I was with Jason both as an apprentice and as a player. I gather the club's search goes on and I wish them well with that."

When asked by BBC Radio Solent whether he would consider the job in the summer, Shearer replied: "No."

Shearer made his Saints debut in 1988, playing five seasons at the club and scoring 23 goals.

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