We're going nowhere! Kean and Venky's staying put as confusion grows over Hunt sacking
14:38 GMT, 9 May 2012
The ever-more unpopular Blackburn manager Steve Kean dug his heels in on his position, stating he is at the club 'for the long term' whether fans like it or not.
Blackburn were relegated from the Premier League after losing to Wigan 1-0 on Monday at Ewood Park, and their dreadful season took another miserable turn with the sacking of deputy chief executive Paul Hunt on Wednesday.
Going nowhere: Despite long-running calls for his dismissal, Steve Kean says he is staying at Blackburn 'for the long term'
A letter written by Hunt addressed to Venky's, the Indian chicken magnates who own the club, warning of Blackburn's impending financial woes and requesting the sacking of Kean.
Kean said he has spoken to the owners of the club, but refused to discuss the Hunt situation.
'I am aware of the speculation but I can't, at this moment, confirm it. That is all I want to say on that matter'
Both Kean and Venky's are hugely unpopular with the Blackburn faithful, both being the subject of fans' demonstrations demanding their departures.
But Kean moved to quash any speculation that either he or the owners would leave Ewood Park in the near future.
Enough: Blackburn fans have been protesting for Kean's dismissal for much of the season
'We have taken a massive backward step but we have to look forward and make sure we can get back at the first time of asking,' the Scot said.
'The owners are not going anywhere, I'm not going anywhere.'
When asked if Venky's were the right owners for the club, he said: “100 per cent”
Dejected: Blackburn were relegated after they lost 1-0 to fellow relegation strugglers Wigan on Monday
Kean also stated that rebuilding the squad was already under way to get back into the top-flight next season.
He said: 'We are very numb. We have taken a step backwards but we now have to prepare a squad and the process has already started.
'I have spoken at great lengths with the owners and now we have to assemble a squad that is a very competitive squad.'
To add to Kean's woes, the Hunt fiasco seems to be getting worse, with confusion rife at the club and no one being able to comment on the matter.
Defiance: A disgruntled supporter throws his season ticket near Kean in protest to his and Venky's tenure Blackburn
Hunt was the most senior executive based in the UK, and his letter was reflective of the mood around Ewood Park.
Hunt wrote of Kean: 'He has lost the crowd and as a result of this evening's game has lost the dressing room as well – the players no longer want to play for him.
'It is a shame and disappointing but we must act now to save the club.'
It is unknown whether Hunt received a reply but few of the recommendations in his 2,500-word letter were acted upon.
Steve Kean's side face Chelsea on Sunday on the final day of the season, but three points can not save them from the drop after their devastating home loss to Wigan.