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By ESPN Staff

Venables turns down chance of Middlesbrough return

Middlesbrough will continue to talk to a series of targets in their search for a new manager after it was reported Terry Venables has turned down the opportunity to succeed Steve McClaren at the Riverside.

Former Boro boss McClaren is thought keen to use the 63-year-old as a senior advisor when he becomes England head coach after the World Cup, and it is known Boro have kept their options open by talking with more than one prospective manager.

It is understood detailed talks have taken place between the club and Venables, as well as Alan Curbishley and Martin O'Neill, however Sky Sports News have reported that Venables has ruled himself out of contention.

With Venables apparently no longer interested, O'Neill might well replace him as Boro's top target.

Venables has business and television interests which led him to turn down Boro chairman Steve Gibson's offer of permanent employment five years ago, after a short spell in which he helped the team avoid relegation.

And a role advising alongside McClaren could prove attractive if it allows him the time to fulfil those commitments.

Hibernian boss Tony Mowbray remains the favourite of many fans on Teesside, although with only two years in management behind him, his experience is limited.

Iain Dowie's departure from Crystal Palace this week meant his name was also linked with Boro, but he is favourite to be unveiled as Charlton boss on Tuesday.