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Kenwyne Jones scores flick for Stoke against Southampton

Jones scores audacious goal against Southampton… so Sportsmail takes a look back at some other cheeky flicks

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UPDATED:

16:20 GMT, 29 December 2012

Kenwyne Jones scored a sensational goal for Stoke this afternoon against Southampton.

The Trinidadian gambled on the near post as Ryan Shotton slid the ball into the box. Jones showed incredible composure to flick the ball through Jos Hooiveld's legs, across Kelvin Davis and into the side netting.

It wouldn't be a Jones goal without his signature celebration, though. He coolly wheeled away and performed his trademark backflip.

Below, we take a look at some other reasons why we love a good bit of showboating.

No you see it: Kenwyne Jones flicked through Jos Hooiveld's legs and into the net

No you see it: Kenwyne Jones flicked through Jos Hooiveld's legs and into the net

Icing on the cake: Jones performed his signature backflip

Icing on the cake: Jones performed his signature backflip

Paul Gascoigne

One of England’s finest talents in the past 30 years also produced one of the European Championships’ finest ever goals at Euro 96.

A deft touch over the head of Colin Hendry to leave the Scotland defender on the ground before volleying home is fondly remembered as one of the best goals ever seen at Wembley – old and new.

Dennis Bergkamp

Even by Bergkamp’s ridiculous high standards this was something special. During a 2-0 win against Newcastle in the Premier League in March 2002, the Dutchman’s first touch was enough to completely bamboozle Nikos Dabizas before the Arsenal striker ran around the defender and calmly slotted home.

Gianfranco Zola

No wonder Chelsea were desperate to keep Zola after he decided to leave in 2003. From a low corner kick, the Italian put this 2002 FA Cup tie with Norwich to rest with a delicate back heel flick into the near post that left just about everyone inside Stamford Bridge startled.

Jay-Jay Okocha

Bolton under Sam Allardyce were often considered boring, one dimensional and long ball hoof merchants. But how many teams looking to see out a game from a corner kick decide to rainbow flick their way out of trouble in injury time against the Premier League champions, in this case Arsenal Remember, the Trotters and Jay-Jay Okocha did it as early as 2003.

Matty Burrows

An injury time winner scored with a double back heel flick from a cross is the sort of stuff not even Roy of the Rovers could produce.

But Burrows certainly could, and his stunning goal for Glentoran against Portadown was so good it was nominated by FIFA for Goal of the Year in 2010.

Joseph Ndo

Having gone to the 1998 and 2002 World Cups with Cameroon, you would think Ndo’s best years were behind him having spent nine years playing in Ireland.

But this pass off the back of his heel to find a team-mate while playing for Sligo Rovers last year shows the 36-year-old is possibly due an international recall.

Rodrigo Palacio

Better than Zola Quite possibly. Genoa’s Palacio proves there is some magic left in Serie A with a delightful back flick while running away from goal to meet a corner against Lazio last season. Spurs could have done with something like that against the Rome outfit in the Europa League this term following two 0-0 draws.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Proof that El Clasico isn’t just 22 men trying to win a free-kick after the slightest bit of contact. Ronaldo’s back heel to play himself through on goal is made even sweeter by his control of the difficult falling ball and subsequent finish to hand Real Madrid the lead against Barcelona back in August.

Neymar

Just to prove any doubters wrong of Neymar’s ability – here is one he made earlier playing for Santos. During a match against Atletico Mineiro in October, the Chelsea target left a defender so outraged by his perfect rainbow flick that it drew a cynical foul and a free-kick just outside the box. Genius.

Jon Otsemobor

The magic of the cup strikes again. A pulsating and historic FA Cup tie on Sunday between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon was decided in stoppage time with the most casual of flicks from Otsemobor, whose strike (or lazy lift of the foot) for the Dons gave them a 2-1 victory over a Wimbledon side who play their trade a division below in League Two.

Shaun Murphy beats Luca Brecel in UK Championship quarter-finals

Young Brecel's not so pretty on the pink as Murphy ends Belgian's fairytale run

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UPDATED:

01:08 GMT, 7 December 2012

Shaun Murphy dodged a Belgian bullet as Luca Brecel ran into pink peril and bowed out in the quarter-finals of the williamhill.com UK Championship.

Seventeen-year-old Brecel was twice on the brink of a famous victory at just his second major tournament.

But the rising star missed crucial pinks in the 10th and 11th frames to allow Murphy to capitalise both times.

Eye on the ball: Shaun Murphy had to dig deep to get the better of Luca Brecel

Eye on the ball: Shaun Murphy had to dig deep to get the better of Luca Brecel

The second steal clinched a 6-5 victory for the 2008 UK champion, setting up a semi-final tomorrow against Stuart Bingham's conqueror Ali Carter.

Murphy pointed to strong words at the interval from his manager Brandon Parker as a key factor in his victory.

'Brandon gave me a good talking-to at the interval that would have rivalled one of Sir Alex Ferguson's half-time talks, and it really knocked me into shape,' Murphy said.

'It's lucky there were no hairdryers in that dressing room. I think I'd have got one. Without Brandon's words I would have lost the match.'

He would have gone out anyway if Brecel had been able to put away his chances.

'I thought I'd lost the match a couple of times, I really did think I was out,' Murphy said. 'I think the adrenaline and maybe a little bit of inexperience cost him in the end. He over-hit and under-hit a couple of shots, and I'm just relieved.

Nerves of steel: 17-year-old Brecel has been the talk of the UK Championship

Nerves of steel: 17-year-old Brecel has been the talk of the UK Championship

'The sense of relief and sense of pleasure is probably twice as much as if I'd won 6-0 with four maximum breaks.'

Murphy can see a future champion emerging, and pointed to shades of Stephen Hendry in Brecel's temperament.

'He's just not bothered. And as long as he can keep that, that's what the best champions in the game forever have all had in common,' Murphy said.

'When everyone else is under pressure and feeling it, they just waltz through it like it's a walk in the park. Hendry never used to show any nerves at all and Luca looks like he's got the same attributes.

'He doesn't seem to show any nerves, he doesn't seem to feel any pressure just until the last minute, and it was lucky for me he did.'

Elsewhere at the Barbican, Mark Davis joined the semi-final line-up as the most successful season of his 21 years as a snooker professional reached a new high.

The 40-year-old Hastings man reached his third ranking event semi-final of the campaign with a 6-4 victory over the 2003 UK champion Matthew Stevens.

Into the last four: Davis

Into the last four: Davis

Davis had never made it so far in one of snooker's majors before this term, but he began his run of success at the Wuxi Classic in June, followed it up with another semi-final showing at the Australian Open in July and now has a final in his sights in York.

He fired breaks of 101, 80 and 70 in seeing off Welshman Stevens, earning himself a shot at Mark Selby, who fought back from 4-0 down to beat Neil Robertson 6-4.

The key frame was the 49-minute ninth, which after an intense battle Selby took, and when Robertson left him a cheap opening red early in the next frame the Leicester man made a match-winning 101 break.

Selby punched the air in celebration after potting the red that made victory safe, tying up victory at 12.05am.

Selby, 29, will go back to No 1 in the world should he beat Davis to reach the final, having relinquished top spot to Judd Trump in November.

Selby said: 'It's a special win. The way I finished off was pleasing but at the start of the match I was terrible, pathetic, and I deserved to be 4-0 down.

'Until 4-3 I didn't really start playing the way I'm capable of playing. I finished off well and it's surprising to come out on top.'

Top 10 football flicks: Neymar not the only one capable

Neymar Zola Otsemobor Pick your favourite flick from our top 10

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UPDATED:

01:28 GMT, 5 December 2012

Brazilian star Neymar wowed us all with his outrageous flicked pass for Santos on Sunday night, but he's not the first player to pull an audacious bit of skill out of the bag at the drop of a hat.

Today, thanks to the game’s ever increasing popularity and global appeal, we have a range of tricks and skills that can leave even opposing defenders dumbfounded, but you just can't beat a good old flick.

Here, Sportsmail picks out 10 of the best…

Outrageous: Neymar shocked viewers with his skill at the weekend

Outrageous: Neymar shocked viewers with his skill at the weekend

Paul Gascoigne

One of England’s finest talents in the past 30 years also produced one of the European Championships’ finest ever goals at Euro 96.

A deft touch over the head of Colin Hendry to leave the Scotland defender on the ground before volleying home is fondly remembered as one of the best goals ever seen at Wembley – old and new.

Dennis Bergkamp

Even by Bergkamp’s ridiculous high standards this was something special. During a 2-0 win against Newcastle in the Premier League in March 2002, the Dutchman’s first touch was enough to completely bamboozle Nikos Dabizas before the Arsenal striker ran around the defender and calmly slotted home.

Gianfranco Zola

No wonder Chelsea were desperate to keep Zola after he decided to leave in 2003. From a low corner kick, the Italian put this 2002 FA Cup tie with Norwich to rest with a delicate back heel flick into the near post that left just about everyone inside Stamford Bridge startled.

Jay-Jay Okocha

Bolton under Sam Allardyce were often considered boring, one dimensional and long ball hoof merchants. But how many teams looking to see out a game from a corner kick decide to rainbow flick their way out of trouble in injury time against the Premier League champions, in this case Arsenal Remember, the Trotters and Jay-Jay Okocha did it as early as 2003.

Matty Burrows

An injury time winner scored with a double back heel flick from a cross is the sort of stuff not even Roy of the Rovers could produce.

But Burrows certainly could, and his stunning goal for Glentoran against Portadown was so good it was nominated by FIFA for Goal of the Year in 2010.

Joseph Ndo

Having gone to the 1998 and 2002 World Cups with Cameroon, you would think Ndo’s best years were behind him having spent nine years playing in Ireland.

But this pass off the back of his heel to find a team-mate while playing for Sligo Rovers last year shows the 36-year-old is possibly due an international recall.

Rodrigo Palacio

Better than Zola Quite possibly. Genoa’s Palacio proves there is some magic left in Serie A with a delightful back flick while running away from goal to meet a corner against Lazio last season. Spurs could have done with something like that against the Rome outfit in the Europa League this term following two 0-0 draws.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Proof that El Clasico isn’t just 22 men trying to win a free-kick after the slightest bit of contact. Ronaldo’s back heel to play himself through on goal is made even sweeter by his control of the difficult falling ball and subsequent finish to hand Real Madrid the lead against Barcelona back in August.

Neymar

Just to prove any doubters wrong of Neymar’s ability – here is one he made earlier playing for Santos. During a match against Atletico Mineiro in October, the Chelsea target left a defender so outraged by his perfect rainbow flick that it drew a cynical foul and a free-kick just outside the box. Genius.

Jon Otsemobor

The magic of the cup strikes again. A pulsating and historic FA Cup tie on Sunday between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon was decided in stoppage time with the most casual of flicks from Otsemobor, whose strike (or lazy lift of the foot) for the Dons gave them a 2-1 victory over a Wimbledon side who play their trade a division below in League Two.

UK Championship 2012: Judd Trump rues first round exit to Mark Joyce

You'll never see a world No 1 play as badly as that: Holder Trump rues first round UK Championship exit to qualifier Joyce

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UPDATED:

09:19 GMT, 3 December 2012

Judd Trump panned his own performance as the world No 1's title defence at the williamhill.com UK Championship was halted at the first hurdle by qualifier Mark Joyce.

A year after landing the biggest title of his burgeoning career at York's Barbican Centre, Trump was on the painful end of one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history, the world No 1 losing 6-5 to 50th-ranked Joyce after at one stage holding a 5-2 lead.

Trump said: 'I should never play that bad. You’ll never see another world No 1 play as badly as that.'

Staring at defeat: Holder Judd Trump after losing his first round match of the William Hill UK Championships at York Barbican Centre

Staring at defeat: Holder Judd Trump after losing his first round match of the William Hill UK Championships at York Barbican Centre

He had made a 104 break in the second frame and was doing enough, it seemed, to set up a second-round clash with Ali Carter, but Joyce had other ideas and the long road back from the brink of defeat had the biggest victory of his career at its end.

'It’s just a bad performance. It was going to come sooner or later,' said 23-year-old Trump, the man tipped in recent days by many, including Stephen Hendry, to be the dominant force in snooker for the next decade.

'He played all right in the last four frames but he’ll have to raise his game a lot to get close to Ali Carter.'

Over the moon: Qualifier Mark Joyce was delighted after his win

Over the moon: Qualifier Mark Joyce was delighted after his win

Trump’s defeat means Mark Selby can reclaim the number one ranking by reaching next Sunday’s final, while Joyce can target the quarter-finals for the second time in his career.

The Walsall man, now 29, knocked out Carter first and then Trump to reach the last eight in 2010, the last year that Telford staged the UK Championship, and the draw has convinced him he might be fated to do the same again.

'I'm over the moon. It wasn’t a vintage performance by any means,' Joyce said.

'It’s the hardest game in the world when you’re under pressure and every shot looks hard, every shot’s a pint of blood.

'I’ve got Ali Carter now and I beat him two years ago so hopefully I can do him as well.'

Joyce has recently revealed how he sustained the arm injury that sidelined him soon after his run in Telford, setting his career back.

'Just after the UK two years ago I got attacked and had a fractured elbow and a fractured eye socket, which ruined the rest of that season,' he said.

'Physically it cost me four months but mentally it cost me a lot longer.'

Carter was a scrappy winner against Steve Davis, coming through 6-2 against the man who won this tournament six times in the 1980s.

Both men struggled for fluency, Carter’s highest break of 88 and an 85 from Davis in the seventh frame out of keeping with the flow of the match.

Yet Carter was the more consistent of the two, with the 33-year-old from Tiptree too strong for the 55-year-old Brentwood veteran.

Davis, competing in his 33rd UK Championship, lamented his own performance but said: 'Ali’s a potential winner of the tournament so I shouldn’t moan.'

Snooker loopy: Trudd slammed his performance after crashing out in York at the first hurdle

Snooker loopy: Trudd slammed his performance after crashing out in York at the first hurdle

China’s last hope Cao Yupeng became the third player from snooker’s boom nation to make a first-round exit.

Cao tumbled out 6-1 against 40-year-old Hastings potter Mark Davis, completing a casualty list of Chinese players that began with yesterday’s defeats for Liang Wenbo and former UK champion Ding Junhui.

With soaring interest and money flooding into the game from China, there are more major tournaments staged in the country than in the United Kingdom, but on the table there remains a gulf in standards.

Mark Davis plays John Higgins next, on Wednesday evening.

Mum's the word: 2008 winner Shaun Murphy is keen to win more titles

Mum's the word: 2008 winner Shaun Murphy is keen to win more titles

Shaun Murphy was UK champion in 2008 and the Manchester-based 30-year-old began another campaign with a comfortable enough 6-3 win over Gloucester’s Robert Milkins.

Seven years have passed since Murphy made his big breakthrough by winning the World Championship.

He has four major ranking titles in all, and was a beaten finalist at the Masters in January, but the trophy tally should be higher according to the world No 4 – and his mother.

'My mum keeps telling me I should have won more and mums are normally right,' Murphy said.

Ronnie O"Sullivan may retire from snooker, admits Joe Johnson

'Genius' O'Sullivan may retire from snooker after season break, admits Johnson

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UPDATED:

19:23 GMT, 7 November 2012

Snooker may have to get used to the idea of Ronnie O’Sullivan never returning to the sport, according to another former world champion.

O’Sullivan, the four-time king of The Crucible, announced on Tuesday that he would be taking the rest of the season off.

And Joe Johnson believes that decision could signal the beginning of the end for O’Sullivan’s magnificent career.

‘He’s 36 now, and if he does take a year out and goes out of the top 32, there would be no guarantee of him getting back into the top 16 at the age of 37,’ Johnson said.

‘I’d be fearful that could be the end of Ronnie. It may be that he decides to retire.’

Sabbatical: Ronnie O'Sullivan is taking a break from snooker

Sabbatical: Ronnie O'Sullivan (left) is taking a break from snooker

Johnson, world champion in 1986 and now a Eurosport commentator, admitted that O’Sullivan’s loss would be keenly felt throughout the sport this season.

‘Everybody wants to see Ronnie. The players, the public, everyone. I think the game needs Ronnie.

‘He's one of those special players that comes around, like an Alex Higgins or a Jimmy White. The public love him, and this will be a big blow to Joe Public.

‘Personally I would like to see him enter the World Championships by next week, if he doesn’t enter then he can’t change his mind. A lot can happen in five or six months.’

Fears: Joe Johnson

Fears: Joe Johnson

O’Sullivan has won all the game’s top prizes during his two decades at the top of snooker, with his fourth World Championship win coming back in May in Sheffield. He has also won the UK Championship four times, and claimed the Masters title on four occasions.

And Johnson is in no doubt over O’Sullivan’s place in the history of the sport.

‘He’s right at the top. Stephen Hendry was Mr Consistency, but Ronnie is right up there for talent and natural ability.

‘He’s just a genius. And with any genius, you never quite know what you’re going to get. Players like Judd Trump or Mark Allen might be the ones to look at more now, because they’re so brilliant to watch. But they can’t replace Ronnie, he’s just a one-off.

‘If Ronnie has problems he's got to sort them out. He's had a long career, 20 years at the top. That's a lot of pressure. He may feel that he's burnt out. I just think it's a sad loss.’

Emiliano Grillo leads Perth Invitational after two rounds

Grillo grabs surprise lead in Perth but American stars Dufner and Van Pelt lurk

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 19 October 2012

Argentinian youngster Emiliano Grillo is the surprise halfway leader of the ISPS HANDA Perth International after a second-round 67.

The 20-year-old went into the week just focused on securing his European Tour card for next season, lying 112th in the Race to Dubai standings with the top 115 earning another year on tour.

But he leads by four shots after rounds of 66 and 67 at Lake Karrinyup and is now able to aim higher.

Frustration: Paul Casey couldn't maintain his fine form from day one as he slipped down the leaderboard

Frustration: Paul Casey couldn't maintain his fine form from day one as he slipped down the leaderboard

'I think I hit it better yesterday than today but a couple of eagles and a hole-out from the bunker helped a lot,' he told the European Tour website. 'I just want to have a good week. My goal this week was having a good one to keep my card for next year. If I can win, awesome.'

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Both eagles came in a spectacular front nine as Grillo holed from a greenside bunker at the third before his second to the par-four ninth spun back into the hole. His five-under-par round also featured three birdies and two bogeys.

American Bo van Pelt and home player Jason Scrivener are Grillo's nearest challengers at seven under, Van Pelt recording an eagle and five birdies in a 67 while Scrivener's 69 contained five birdies and two dropped shots.

Roo beauty: Some local spectators watch Ryan Lynch tee off on the fourth hole on Friday

Roo beauty: Some local spectators watch Ryan Lynch tee off on the fourth hole on Friday

Another Australian, Max McCardle, is at six under alongside New Zealand's Michael Hendry, American Ryder Cup player Jason Dufner and Alejandro Canizares of Spain.

England's David Howell shot 68 to reach five under, in a large group sharing eighth place, and was keen to capitalise by sealing a place in the end of season DP World Tour Championship near his home in Dubai.

Howell is 71st in the Race to Dubai and a top-five finish in Perth would leave him in a top-60 place and on track to qualify.

'I have been working really hard to
make the top 60 and I've played really consistently the last two or
three months without any particularly good finishes,' he said.

'I'm going to have to have at least one good one if I'm going to make it, so hopefully I'll have a crack at it at the weekend.

'I live five miles from the course in Dubai and I've missed out the last few years, which is a bit frustrating.'

Compatriots Robert Coles and Richard Bland and Australians Peter Cooke and Stephen Dartnall are also at five under.

Former world No 3 Paul Casey briefly held a share of the lead before slipping back down the leaderboard.

Birdies galore: Josh Geary walks past a line of ducks on the third hole at Lake Karrinyup

Birdies galore: Josh Geary walks past a line of ducks on the third hole at Lake Karrinyup

Casey carded an opening 67 to lie two shots behind joint overnight leaders Hendry and Canizares and after two birdies in his first six holes on Friday, the former Ryder Cup star found himself in front.

However, Casey then dropped a shot at the 18th, his ninth hole, and worse was to come with a double-bogey six at the second. Another six followed on the par-five third and when he also bogeyed the fifth, Casey was on his way to an inward half of 40 and a halfway total of two under par.

Steve Kean set to lose Blackburn job

Kean's rule at Rovers appears to be over as Venky's prepare to wield axe

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 23 September 2012

Steve Kean was clinging on to his job as Blackburn Rovers manager again on Sunday night.

Owners Venky’s held a series of talks over the weekend after Friday’s 2-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough left Kean two points short of the 16-point target they had set him from the first seven games – even though Blackburn are second in the Championship.

Under pressure: Fans protested against Kean's management once again on Friday night

Under pressure: Fans protested against Kean's management once again on Friday night

On Sunday night, it seemed increasingly unlikely that Venky’s head Anuradha Desai, who spared Kean in December and again when Blackburn were relegated in May, will save him again.

She is set to hand temporary control to Kean’s assistant Eric Black and first-team coach Colin Hendry, although it is understood that talks have also taken place with former Blackburn captain Tim Sherwood. The one-time England midfielder is now on the coaching staff at Tottenham.

Wigan want Wilfried Zaha – Roberto Martinez

Wigan will not be held to ransom over Zaha, boss Martinez warns Palace

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UPDATED:

05:49 GMT, 21 September 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is desperate to land Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha but will not bow to the Championship club's demands.

The Latics offered 3million for the highly-rated youngster in the summer transfer window but Palace want twice as much.

And Martinez admits he is unlikely to get his man unless the Eagles reduce their asking price.

In demand: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Wigan

In demand: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Wigan

'I think Wilfried has tremendous potential. He has grown massively over the last 12 months,' he said .

'The first time we saw him was against us in the Carling Cup a year ago, but he has come on a lot since then.

'Crystal Palace have high thoughts of him. I don’t think it is going to be a realistic player for us. In these situations it has to be value for money.'

Martinez also confirmed his interest in Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza, whose contract at Major League Soccer side Kansas City expires this year.

One to watch: Roger Espinoza (left) is also wanted by Wigan

One to watch: Roger Espinoza (left) is also wanted by Wigan

Espinoza shone for his country at the London Olympics but Wigan may struggle to get a work permit.

'We will keep a close eye on him,' Martinez added.

'We have got really strong links with Honduras and been very successful there with Wilson Palacios, Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa.'

Stuart Bingham pots 147 consolation as Ricky Walden wins Wuxi Classic

Bingham 147 consolation as Walden wins Wuxi Classic in China

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 1 July 2012

Englishman Ricky Walden defeated compatriot Stuart Bingham 10-4 in the final of snooker's Wuxi Classic in China.

Although Walden raced into a 9-1 lead, Bingham struck a 147 maximum in the sixth frame, becoming only the third player, after Stephen Hendry and John Higgins, to make a maximum in a ranking event final.

China in your hands: Ricky Walden poses with the trophy

China in your hands: Ricky Walden poses with the trophy

Steve Kean offers Colin Hendry Blackburn coaching role

Kean approaches Blackburn hero Hendry over role in coaching team

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 31 May 2012

Steve Kean has moved to protect his future at Blackburn by approaching Ewood Park legend Colin Hendry about a coaching role at the club.

Indian owners Venky's are still considering whether to sack their manager after Blackburn were relegated from the Premier League, but Kean hopes to create a degree of stability by inviting Hendry onto his back-room team.

The 46-year-old made 399 appearances for Rovers and helped the club lift the Premier League title in 1995.

Rovers return Colin Hendry lifted the Premier League title in 1995

Rovers return Colin Hendry lifted the Premier League title in 1995