How Blackburn fans would kill to return to the days of long ball under Sam Allardyce, who was cruelly sacked by the clubs new owners Venky’s after a loss against Bolton, which took the players by surprise and led to Sir Alex Ferguson calling the sacking ridiculous as the side were in 13th place in the league. Despite the likes of Martin O’Neill and Chris Hughton being linked to the job, Rovers plumped for Steve Kean; the clubs first team coach at the time and he was appointed on a contract until the end of the season. Fast forward almost a year later and the apprehension at his appointment at the time has been turned into anger and frustration. From a side a few years ago which was competing for a European place, they are now in the midst of a second consecutive relegation battle and a return to the Championship for the first time since the 2000-2001 season looms.
The apprehension around the appointment of Steve Kean was due to the fact he had no previous managerial experience or links to the club before his appointment as first team coach and also the fact that the sacking of Allardyce was greeted with surprise and bemusement by Blackburn and football fans alike. 4 wins out of 7 in league and cup at the start of Kean’s reign looked good and this included a 3-1 victory at home to Liverpool and he was offered a new three year contract by the club, but this was followed by a run of 11 matches without winning. Blackburn however improved for the last 4 matches of the Premier League season to narrowly avoid relegation but fans where getting angrier about Kean still being in the manager’s job as he was taking the club downwards. The current season started badly and they picked up their first win of the season against Arsenal but the fans rightly continued the protests which had started towards the end of last season but this only proved to be a brief respite as they continued to struggle after that match. The transfer window left Blackburn fans inspired as future England captain Phil Jones and striker Nikola Kalinic left and they brought in Scott Dann, Yakubu, Simon Vukcevic, David Goodwillie and Radoslav Petrovic but these signings couldn’t help to stop the rot. In the following two months from September to November, they only picked up 3 points out of a possible 21 and they played in a controversial club friendly in India on the orders of the club owners Venky’s. Despite the fans unhappiness, Venky’s decided to reward Steve Kean for his ‘impressive management’ of the side by offering him improved terms to his contract in which the Scotsman stated “I’m just delighted the owners have backed me and the players are totally behind what we are trying to do”. They also went out of the League Cup to Championship side Cardiff City and Steve Kean’s excuse for the loss was that they forfeited the match and wanted to lose. They did win their next match at home to Swansea in which Yakubu scored all 4 goals and always went to celebrate with Kean which showed to some that he had the backing of the players but the fans stayed for half an hour after the match to continue protesting.
With a second consecutive loss in the last few minutes of the match, this has done nothing more than to aggravate the Blackburn fans even more and they will continue protesting at the Scot until the much criticised owners in Venky’s do the right thing and relieve him of his duties. Some could argue that Steve Kean has been rather unlucky during his reign with results going against him unfavourably e.g. Norwich getting and converting an injury time penalty for a fair challenge for a header by Christopher Samba and that he still has the backing of the players, as shown by Yakubu who has scored a bucket full of goals this season and regularly celebrates with Kean. However a record of 7 wins, 11 draws and 19 losses in the league with a win percentage of 19.5% tells its own story. When asked after the West Brom match whether he would resign, he said “No I can’t. We will be back in tomorrow and we will prepare for the game on Tuesday. After that game the table will hopefully look better. The owners are fully behind me but I am sure they like the players, the staff and fans are disappointed”. He knows that he is not going to get sacked by Venky’s who are possibly the most incompetent club owners in the Premier League but if he wants the remaining bits of his pride and dignity to remain intact, he has to do the right thing for Blackburn and resign and give the fans an early Christmas present.
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