Kean quits! Blackburn boss 'forced out' after Venky's try to interfere with team
19:11 GMT, 28 September 2012
Steve Kean’s turbulent 22 months in charge of Blackburn came to an end on Friday when he quit as the Championship club’s manager.
Sources at Ewood Park have told Sportsmail he decided to walk out because he believed the club’s Indian owners were trying to interfere in his team selection before Saturday's match at Charlton.
I'm out: Steve Kean has quit as Blackburn Rovers' manager
Ironically the 44-year-old has faced
bitter abuse from a section of fans who saw him as the symbol of the
unpopular owners ever since he took over from Sam Allardyce
Blackburn are in third place in the
Championship following their relegation last season, but Kean has been
under pressure all week since last Friday’s home defeat by Middlesbrough
left them two points short of the target of 16 from seven games he was
set at the start of the season.
On Friday night, in a statement issued through his lawyers, Kean said: 'For
reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret,
given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years, that I
have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club
with immediate effect, due to my position as team manager becoming
'I wish to thank all the players and
coaching staff for their great support and the majority of the fans, who
now see their club heading towards an automatic promotion position back
to the Premiership. I wish the club all the very best for the future.'
Kean has been a much-derided figure
at Ewood Park for the duration of his near two-year spell in charge,
with the low point being relegation from the Barclays Premier League in
Burn notice: Kean quit after club's Indian owners made his position 'untenable'
Unrest: Kean failed to win over the fans despite guiding them to top of the Championship this season
But despite poor results on the
pitch, Kean remained in charge – much to
the fury of supporters who regularly protested against him.
The tide seemed to have turned for
the 44-year-old this season, on the pitch at least, as Blackburn made a
positive start to the campaign, with Rovers sitting third in the npower
Championship table ahead of Saturday's trip to Charlton.
Kean was appointed as Rovers boss in December 2010, replacing Sam Allardyce who was relieved of his duties despite saving the club from relegation the previous season.
Kean's contract was upgraded a month later and, although he Kept them up that campaign, it was clear he was not a terrace favourite.
As Rovers struggled at the start of the 2011-12 season, the calls for Kean to stand down became stronger, but despite that, he was again given an improved deal in the November.
Regular protests reached their most vicious when Blackburn lost a six-point relegation battle at home to Bolton but Venky's remained nerveless, though, standing by their man despite a seemingly inevitable relegation being confirmed when they drew at Wigan in May.
Even the most loyal Blackburn fans expected Kean might be relieved of his duties over the summer, but the faith remained in the boardroom, despite disparaging public comments from director of football Shebby Singh, who had to apologise for stating Kean would be sacked if he lost three games in a row.
Kean was heavily backed in the transfer market, signing Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes for 8million, but despite only losing their first league game of the season last Friday, he remained under heavy pressure.
Singh did little to douse the fires this week when he said the situation was getting worse 'day by day', with those comments coming three days before Kean's decision to stand down.
Rovers later confirmed news of Kean's departure in a brief statement on their website.
'Blackburn Rovers Football Club can confirm that Steve Kean tonight resigned from his position as manager,' the statement read.