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Michael Appleton new Blackburn Rovers manager

Appleton is Blackburn's third manager this season… and they are his third club of campaign!

John Drayton


18:31 GMT, 11 January 2013



18:37 GMT, 11 January 2013

Blackburn have confirmed the appointment of Michael Appleton as their new manager.

Appleton becomes Rovers' third boss this season despite only taking over at Championship rivals Blackpool two months ago.

The 37-year-old former Manchester United and Preston midfielder, who began the season in charge of League One Portsmouth, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at Ewood Park.

Third time lucky Appleton succeeds Steve Kean and Henning Berg

Third time lucky Appleton succeeds Steve Kean and Henning Berg

Ashley Westwood, first-team coach under Appleton at both of his previous two clubs, will join him as assistant.

In a statement released by Blackburn, Appleton said: 'I am delighted to
be joining such an historic club. This is a fantastic opportunity for me
and I am excited about the challenge we have ahead of us.

'I can't wait to start working with what is a very talented group of players.

'I'd like to thank everyone at Blackpool for their efforts during my
time there and the chairman for allowing me to come here. I wish them
all the best for the future.'

On a roll: Blackburn have won three on the spin under caretaker Gary Bowyer

On a roll: Blackburn have won three on the spin under caretaker Gary Bowyer

Rovers' managing director Derek Shaw said: 'We are delighted to welcome both Michael and Ashley to the football club.

'They are both highly regarded within the game and we are confident that
they have the drive and ambition to take this club forward.

'We will do everything in our powers to support them in our quest to make an instant return to the Premier League.'

Sam Allardyce accepts damages from Steve Kean and Blackburn Rovers

Allardyce accepts damages from Blackburn and Kean over foul-mouthed rant

Paul Collins


11:21 GMT, 6 January 2013



11:32 GMT, 6 January 2013

Steve Kean pulled out of a scheduled appearance on Goals on Sunday today, the day after Sam Allardyce accepted an out-of-court settlement believed to be in the region of 200,000 from him and Blackburn Rovers.

Former Blackburn manager Kean had to fork out after derogatory claims were made about Allardyce by him in the summer of 2011.


Steve Kean

Sam Allardyce

No love lost: Sam Allardyce (right) and his former No 2 Steve Kean

Goals on Sunday co-host Chris Kamara revealed the short-notice change on Twitter this morning.

He said: 'Morning all. Last minute lineup change Didi Hamann and Phil Brown with me and the adorable @benshephard tweet him any questions 11till 12.'

Kean was filmed making the remarks by supporters during a pre-season trip Blackburn made to Hong Kong.

Kean’s allegations about the
operating methods, integrity and managerial ability of Allardyce — his
predecessor at Ewood Park — were made public when the fans published a
video of the conversation on YouTube.

Allardyce took legal action against
Kean personally and against Rovers. The action has been settled with a
payment to Allardyce, who is now manager of West Ham. On Saturday all
parties involved in the case declined to comment.

VIDEO: Kean's foul-mouthed tirade

Shebby Singh says Blackburn job is a good opportunity

Don't be chicken! Singh the enforcer vows Blackburn's a good job for somebody



23:27 GMT, 11 October 2012

Shebby Singh walks over to Steve Kean’s old desk at Blackburn’s training ground and points to a motivational magazine’s tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson pinned up on the noticeboard.

‘What an interesting article — pity he didn’t put any of Ferguson’s methods into practice,’ said Blackburn’s mischievous global advisor.

That is the beauty of Singh. Every conversation, no matter how serious or light-hearted, always has a sting in the tail.

Bring it on: Shebby Singh does not want anyone to be discouraged from applying for the job

Bring it on: Shebby Singh does not want anyone to be discouraged from applying for the job

Singh is the eyes and ears of Blackburn’s owners, Venky’s, director of football in all but name and carrying the responsibility of restoring the club to the Barclays Premier League.

A former professional player in Malaysia, he quit as a TV pundit in Singapore with ESPN to take up his Ewood Park role in June.

In the mornings he looks like one of the coaches, marching on to the pitches at Brockhall Village in Blackburn-branded training gear, bearing his initials, and muddy boots.

‘When I got here it was like a holiday home,’ he said. ‘Too many fat cats who were overpaid and underperforming. That’s changing.

‘I watch training but I don’t want to be the manager. I’m here to support the players.’

After lunch, he puts on a suit and drives over to Ewood for an afternoon of conference calls and emails with his Venky’s bosses at their enormous chicken plant in Pune, India.

‘Everyone knows there has been a situation between the owners and the fans and the previous manager, but they are on our side now,’ he said.

Discussion: Neil Ashton with Singh

Discussion: Neil Ashton with Singh

‘You cannot insult the owners because
they are chicken farmers. You will always get people with their sick
minds and silly jokes but it does get upsetting. You do not insult
someone’s profession or make fun of it, that is unacceptable.’

Singh himself has been fair game since he told Blackburn fans Kean would be sacked if he lost three games in a row in the Championship and referred to Morten Gamst Pedersen as a ‘pensioner’. He is aware of his reputation but his enthusiasm and passion for this unusual role rubs off on everyone with whom he comes into contact.

He stops, smiles, shakes hands and talks to everyone, from bumping into caretaker manager Eric Black in the corridor to the ladies working on reception.

Gone: Steve Kean has left

Gone: Steve Kean has left

‘The atmosphere around the place has been lifted, there is a feeling of relief,’ said Singh. ‘Against Wolves in our last game there were 4-5,000 extra fans and they are behind the team again. I haven’t heard a single grouse or complaint from them and they are more understanding.

‘I can safely say the worst is behind us. We went through a difficult period in the club’s history but we are over that.’

Kean left the night before Blackburn drew 1-1 against Charlton on September 29 and Singh has the power to appoint the next manager.

Tim Sherwood, who captained the team which won the Premier League title in 1995, tops a list of possibles that includes wild card Henrik Larsson.

Singh said: ‘We don’t want anyone to be
frightened or worried about coming here. The objective is to build a
team but it’s not like going to a supermarket and picking a manager off
the shelf.

‘They don’t have to worry, I’m not
going to be the manager, I wouldn’t insult other managers or coaches. I
am in a supportive role. I’m not here to breathe down the new manager’s
neck, I’ll be his biggest supporter.

‘The new manager must understand he
will not have two or three seasons to build the club — he will be under
pressure straight away.

‘If he doesn’t get it right we will have a chat about things. He doesn’t have to worry about losing three games in a row at the start — because he’s new we will give him a few more.’

Managing Blackburn should be a prestigious job but Kean’s replacement will inherit a team playing Championship football for the first time in 11 years.

Last year’s 49.9million wage bill has been swollen by the 40,000-a-week contract signed by Jordan Rhodes in August and debts of 36m increased with the striker’s 8m transfer from Huddersfield.

They are ninth in the Championship and it is not good enough for a club with Rhodes, Pedersen, Paul Robinson, Nuno Gomes, Danny Murphy and David Dunn at their disposal.

Chance: A new boss will be given time to settle - but not too much

Chance: A new boss will be given time to settle – but not too much

Venky’s have promised financial support, footing the bills in return for a manager who can win promotion this season. That is Singh’s immediate target but convincing fans who waved ‘Venky’s out’ banners last season is another priority.

Sir Jack Walker, the steel magnate who pumped money into his hometown team, is the benchmark at Blackburn. Nearly 20 years on from that title- winning team and 12 years after he passed away, Walker is still revered in the area.

Singh said: ‘When there is a change in ownership there are expectations and only time will allow my bosses to be spoken of in the same breath as Sir Jack. That is the owners’ ambition and, if we can surpass it eventually, that would be something.

‘Managers want to be remembered like Sir Matt Busby or Bill Shankly, owners want to leave a legacy for the supporters and the town.

‘We hope we can stand alongside him. We already have a stand in Ronnie Clayton’s name. If we get promoted, it will be too soon to think of naming “The Shebby Stand”.’

If they don’t make it, he knows it may be his last stand.

Charlton 1 Blackburn 1 – match report

Charlton 1 Blackburn 1: Kean may be out but Rovers stutter against Addicks



16:41 GMT, 29 September 2012

Blackburn's fans were unable to celebrate the departure of boss Steve Kean with a victory after they were held at Charlton.

Dickson Etuhu fired newly-managerless Rovers into an early lead but Johnnie Jackson made amends for missing a penalty when he struck Charlton's equaliser.

The draw came barely 24 hours after Kean, having travelled down to London with the Rovers squad, suddenly decided to quit.

On target: Charlton Athletic's Johnnie Jackson (right) celebrates the equaliser

On target: Charlton Athletic's Johnnie Jackson (right) celebrates the equaliser

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Morrison, Solly, Cort, Jackson (Pritchard 53), Green, Stephens, Hollands, Wilson, Wright-Phillips, Kerkar

Subs not used: Button, Evina, Dervite, Wagstaff, Cook, Smith

Goal: Jackson 27

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Orr, Mn Olsson, Givet (G Hanley 46), Dann, Lowe, Pedersen, Murphy, Etuhu, Rhodes, Nuno Gomes

Subs not used: Kean, G Hanley, Ribeiro, Nunes, Dunn, Formica, Rochina

Booked: Murphy

Goal: Etuhu 16

Att: 17,169

Ref: Deadman

After months of constant speculation
about his job and protests against him from supporters, the Scot had
finally come to the conclusion his position was 'untenable'.

Former Ewood favourites Alan Shearer
and Tim Sherwood are being linked with the role, with the latter's club
Tottenham understood to have already been approached by Rovers.

But whether either would fancy working with controversial owners Venky's remains to be seen.

In the meantime Eric Black, Kean's assistant, took charge for today's clash at The Valley.

The Rovers fans who had made the trip
seemed strangely subdued at kick-off, perhaps still nursing hangovers
from last night's celebrations sparked by the news Kean had walked.

Guidance: Blackburn interim manager Eric Black

Guidance: Blackburn interim manager Eric Black

Gone: Steve Kean has left

Gone: Steve Kean has left

But they woke up with 16 minutes on
the clock when the recalled Morten Gamst Pederson played in Etuhu, who
danced between the static Chris Solly and Michael Morrison before
rifling the ball into the net.

'Stand up, if you're glad he's gone', came the chant from behind the opposite goal.

It was poor defending from Charlton,
though, after they had almost gone ahead themselves a minute earlier
when Salim Kerkar's low drive fizzed narrowly wide.

And the hosts should have drawn level in the 26th minute when Pedersen was adjudged to have brought down Leon Cort in the area.

But Jackson's penalty, blasted straight down the middle, was kept out by the legs of the diving Paul Robinson.

It was only a brief let-off for the
visitors, however, as 60 seconds later Jackson diverted a shot from
Danny Green past Robinson.

Moving on: Dickson Etuhu struck for Blackburn

Moving on: Dickson Etuhu struck for Blackburn

With Blackburn now penned in their
own half, Green took aim again from the edge of the area but this time
his effort was deflected onto a post.

After the break Robinson made a
point-blank save to keep out Cort's header, Bradley Wright-Phillips
nodded another dangerous Kerkar cross over and Green's drive was inches
too high.

At the other end Nuno Gomes volleyed over and Jordan Rhodes headed wide.

In stoppage time Robinson tipped over
an acrobatic scissor-kick from Wright-Phillips to secure Rovers' point,
while their fans will feel they scored a more important victory on
Friday night.

Blackburn Rovers supporters" groups join forces in bid to buy club

Blackburn fans ramp up bid to take ownership of club as supporter groups join forces



09:31 GMT, 25 September 2012

The campaign to bring Blackburn Rovers under fans' ownership has received a boost after a new membership scheme was launched.

The Rovers Trust joins together two supporters' groups, the Blackburn Rovers Supporters Investment Trust (BRSIT) and Blackburn Rovers Supporters Trust (BRST), whose joint goal is to own the Ewood Park club in whole or in part.

The move comes with Blackburn manager Steve Kean's role at the club looking increasingly under threat, with owners Venky's in talks about his position since Saturday.

Dejected: Kean's side were beaten last time out at home to Middlesbrough

Dejected: Kean's side were beaten last time out at home to Middlesbrough

The new membership drive for the Rovers Trust has been launched in a bid to sign up Blackburn fans for a 10 annual membership fee to give the group credibility.

The membership push will then be followed by a share-raising plan modelled on the 'pledge scheme' first launched by BRSIT earlier this year. That scheme has seen almost 3million pledged by supporters wanting to buy a 1,000 share in a new ownership model.

A target of 10m is being set by the co-chairmen, BRST founder Oliver Jones and Wayne Wild, one of the co-founders of BRSIT.

Voting with their feet: Rovers fans are not happy with the club's plight

Voting with their feet: Rovers fans are not happy with the club's plight

Jones said of the new trust scheme: 'Our principal objective is to obtain full or part ownership of Blackburn Rovers and its assets on behalf of fellow supporters in order to represent supporters' views whilst protecting the club's short- and long-term future.

'Membership of Rovers Trust is very affordable for all fans and, at the very least, gives those supporters a real say in the future running of Blackburn Rovers.'

Steve Kean on the brink of Blackburn sack

Kean on brink as Venky's rue cost of keeping hapless Scot in charge



21:30 GMT, 12 September 2012

Steve Kean faces a defining week as Blackburn manager with one eye on the top of the Championship table and the other on his future at Ewood Park.

The club’s Indian owners Venky’s told Kean before the start of the season that he needed a minimum of 16 points from the opening seven games to keep his job.

Even though Blackburn are second in the table with eight points, and unbeaten in their first four matches, sources close to the Venkatesh family indicated on Wednesday night that the ultimatum remains in place.

Time up Steve Kean could still face the sack at Blackburn Rovers

Time up Steve Kean could still face the sack at Blackburn Rovers

That means Kean must win his next three games in the space of six days – away to Bristol City on Saturday and at home to Barnsley and Middlesbrough next week – or face the sack.

It is a peculiar scenario even by Blackburn’s standards over the last couple of years.

However it provides further evidence that Kean is losing the unqualified support of Mrs Anuradha Desai, the family matriarch who saved him from the axe in December and again in May when Blackburn were relegated from the Premier League.

The owners have backed him by spending upwards of 15million to bring in 12 new players this summer, including record 8m signing Jordan Rhodes from Huddersfield.

False dawn Blackburn have made a bright start to life in the Championship

False dawn Blackburn have made a bright start to life in the Championship

But it is understood that they remain unconvinced by Blackburn’s performances and feel that an unbeaten run of two wins and two draws has flattered Kean’s team.

They also accept that the decision to keep the unpopular manager has hit the club financially.

Attendances have dipped below 14,000 – the lowest for league games at Ewood for almost 20 years – with thousands of fans refusing to return until Kean goes.

And it is understood that two potential shirt sponsors have pulled out of deals because of the ongoing turmoil at the club.

That has further weakened the Scot’s position despite a relatively positive start to the season, and failure to win any of the next three games would give his bosses the excuse they need to wield the axe.

QPR facing big Junior Hoillet fee from Blackburn tribunal

Hoilett will cost you! Kean warns QPR of 6m tribunal demand for contract rebel



06:55 GMT, 23 July 2012

QPR will have to spend big if they want to sign Junior Hoilett with Blackburn eyeing around 6million from a tribunal.

The Hoops are trying to secure a work permit for Rovers contract rebel Hoilett, before completing the Canadian's signing ahead of German side Borussia Monchengladbach.

The forward is keen to join Mark Hughes' side, who are on tour in Indonesia, and the clubs are discussing compensation – but Blackburn want to let a tribunal decide the fee as they reckon it will mean more money.

Rover and out: Junior Hoilett (centre) is set to leave Blackburn for QPR

Rover and out: Junior Hoilett (centre) is set to leave Blackburn for QPR

An agreement is likely to be reached soon, but QPR officials want confirmation of Hoilett's work permit before finalising the deal.

Kean said: 'QPR might make us an offer, if not it might go to a tribunal. We were always hopeful he would go to a club here because the compensation would be greater.

'Manchester City got a chunky figure when Daniel Sturridge went to Chelsea. We have had Junior for a long time and we developed him and put a lot of time and effort into him.

'I am sure that will be reflected when the time comes.'

Kean admitted that he wanted striker Jamie Mackie to be part of the Hoilett deal, but QPR were not ready to let him go.

He said: 'There are plenty of good players down there. But we are finding out that clubs like to keep their best players.'

No deal: Hoilett has refused to sign a new contract at Ewood Park

No deal: Hoilett has refused to sign a new contract at Ewood Park

Kean also revealed Blackburn were unhappy at not receiving notice from Hoilett about his impending move to QPR.

The Scot said: 'We feel we have been a big part of his development. It would have been nice to get a call.

'We had monthly meetings with his dad and he said he was keeping his options open. His dad is his agent and has been all around the world looking for offers.'

Arsenal and Chelsea keen on Steven Nzonzi

Arsenal and Chelsea keen on 10m-rated Blackburn midfielder Nzonzi



08:10 GMT, 19 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Arsenal and Chelsea are keeping tabs on Steven Nzonzi's situation after the midfielder demanded to leave Blackburn.

Rovers boss Steve Kean has slapped a 10m price tag on the 23-year-old.

The Frenchman was left at home as Rovers headed to Austria for their training camp.

Want away: Blackburn's Steven Nzonzi is looking for a move

Want away: Blackburn's Steven Nzonzi is looking for a move

Kean said: 'Steven has asked for a transfer. I want players who want to be here. That’s the reason why Steven was left at the training ground when we went away.

'I’ve had a couple of meetings with his dad, who is his agent.

'He would like to play his football elsewhere, so we’ll be listening to offers if they come.

'We’ll see how it develops. At the moment we’re not planning to have him in the squad.'

Nzonzi joined Blackburn from French club Amiens in 2009 and has played 97 games in his three years at Ewood Park, scoring five goals.

Standing firm: Steve Kean wants 10m for Nzonzi

Standing firm: Steve Kean wants 10m for Nzonzi

He signed a five-year contract in August 2010, soon after winning the player-of-the-year award in his first season with the club.

Striker Yakubu has already left to move to China since Rovers’ relegation, while star man Junior Hoilett is expected to depart after reaching the end of his contract.

Kean said: 'I think we’ll lose one or two. That will be natural.

'Yakubu called me the other day and was very thankful to the club, the staff and the fans for making his stay welcome.

'It was a nice touch. Unfortunately he’s left the club because he managed to have a big impact last year.

'Junior is out of contract. We made him an incredible offer but he’s decided to go and speak to other clubs.

'What we’re doing is bringing in players like Nuno Gomes, Danny Murphy and Leon Best. We’ll continue to try and hold on to the majority of our squad.

'It will be natural that we might lose one or two, but it won’t be six or seven that we’re going to be losing.

'We’re not actively trying to move anybody on.'

Blackburn turmoil continues with secretary sacking

Blackburn turmoil continues as club secretary's shown the door after just one year



21:00 GMT, 19 June 2012

Relegated Blackburn were embroiled in further turmoil after club secretary Anthony Bloch was sacked and replaced by former Liverpool administrator Ian Silvester.

Bloch, appointed as secretary at Ewood Park 12 months ago, is believed to have voiced misgivings about manager Steve Kean’s failure to keep Blackburn in the Barclays Premier League last season and paid with his job after being ruthlessly axed by owners Venky’s.

Divisive: Steve Kean's continued management of Blackburn continues to cause problems among certain sections of the club's hierarchy and fan base

Divisive: Steve Kean's continued management of Blackburn continues to cause problems among certain sections of the club's hierarchy and fan base

Though Venky’s wasted no time installing a successor in Silvester, who left his post as Liverpool secretary by mutual consent last month, the latest unrest will do little to pacify supporters who protested throughout last season at the way their club was being run.

Steve Kean sacked by Blackburn

'Unsackable' Kean loses his job but stays at Blackburn after Venky's showdown talks



07:34 GMT, 20 May 2012

Steve Kean, the man said to be unsackable when appointed Blackburn's manager in January 2011, looks to have paid for Rovers' relegation from the Premier League, according to sources in Pune and at Ewood Park.

The club's Indian owners, the chicken conglomerate Venky's, have finally decided to remove him as manager, although he will stay at the club in a different role and on the same salary he was paid as he oversaw Blackburn's drop to the Championship.

The decision to get rid of Kean as manager will be greeted with mixed emotions by many supporters, who feel the Scot symbolises the problems of their club.

Protest: Blackburn fans have called for Steve Kean to go

Protest: Blackburn fans have called for Steve Kean to go

Some will be happy he is no longer at the helm, others troubled that he seems certain to remain at the club and apparently with some influence.

It is understood that one of Kean's key allies at the club, press officer Paul Agnew, is to be promoted on to the board of directors with the new title director of communications.

Kean recommended promotion for Agnew during showdown talks in Pune last week with the club's co-owners, Anuradha Desai and her brothers, Balaji and Venky.

Unsackable: But Steve Kean might have a new job

Unsackable: But Steve Kean might have a new job

If they took Kean's guidance on giving Agnew a bigger role – despite not being widely popular within the club – then it is highly unlikely that Kean will be ousted from Ewood.

Both Venky and Balaji Rao have been telling friends and associates in the past 48 hours that Kean will not continue as Rovers' manager.

Venky confided this to Australian cricketer Brett Lee – whom Venky's sponsor – over lunch on Thursday.

The dysfunctional nature of Blackburn under Venky's is such that there is no firm consensus yet about the future manager.

Alan Curbishley has been discussed internally as a possible candidate, as has Blackpool's Ian Holloway.

But these discussions are being had by disparate groups with different levels of influence in Blackburn and in India.

The only person at Venky's whose decision matters is Mrs Desai, who described Kean as 'unsackable' upon his appointment and has stood by him ever since.

Kean flew to India on Tuesday for two three-hour sessions of talks about the future.

He flew back to England on Friday knowing that he had not been sacked, although a change of role was on the cards.