Kean farce continues as Blackburn boss remains in charge… for now
21:30 GMT, 25 September 2012
Blackburn manager Steve Kean is in limbo despite a dramatic stay of execution from owners Venky’s.
A decision was made to sack the 44-year-old Scot over the weekend and club sources revealed that a statement announcing his departure was drawn up on Monday morning.
Although Kean has been granted a temporary reprieve by Venky’s chief Anuradha Desai after a series of discussions between Lancashire and India, it’s understood that a replacement is still set to be brought in before the end of the forthcoming international break.
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The situation is typical of the chaos at Ewood Park since Venky’s took control nearly two years ago and promoted Kean from first-team coach to replace Sam Allardyce.
Although Blackburn lie third in the Championship table, relegation from the Premier League and Kean’s unpopularity among supporters have seen attendances plummet by 40 per cent this season.
Asked if the manager will be staying long-term, Ewood Park chief and Venky’s representative Shebby Singh refused to comment on Tuesday but indicated that Kean could be in charge for another three matches.
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‘We have a game on Saturday, we have a game on Tuesday then Saturday again before the international break,’ said Singh.
‘At the end of the day it’s my bosses — the owners of the club — who have to make an assessment. But I came here in June and the situation hasn’t changed at all with the fans, despite our efforts to bring them back. Financially now it’s not a good situation because the fans are staying away. The club needs revenue to survive.’