Do-or-die for Blackburn boss Kean at Carrow Road
Pressure is building on Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean ahead of the Lancashire club’s visit to Carrow Road this weekend.
Rovers’ defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend left Kean’s men bottom of the Premier League having taken just five points from their opening nine games.
Blackburn fans made their unhappiness known both prior to kick-off and after the final whistle, a group in the Ronnie Clayton End remaining in their seats, unfurling ‘Kean Out’ banners and chanting for the Scot to be sacked by owners Venky’s.
The 44-year-old remains bullish, but it remains to be seen whether the Indian owners’ patience stretches beyond this weekend and their trip to the in-form Canaries. Anything less than a point against Lambert’s men could be curtains for Kean.
“The good thing from my point of view is that the majority of supporters were with us here,” said Kean, despite enduring a third successive protest at Ewood Park on Sunday.
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“I think the performance of the players and their application shows we are all together as a group.
“I’ve got the full backing of the owners, so we will grind through it, and then I think when we do grind through it, we will say ‘there was a spell which was not fantastic in terms of results, but we played ourselves out of it with determination, and trying to win games’. “We didn’t come here afraid - if you are playing against Tottenham you can think ‘let’s shut up shop and try to play on the break’, but it was the opposite.
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“I think there is a manner in which you can lose, and I thought we lost trying to win. The break will come, because I think if we keep playing like that, it has to come.”
Kean has struggled to win the hearts and minds of the Blackburn faithful since being controversially installed as manager last season as a replacement for Sam Allardyce.
Blackburn fans point to his inexperience as a manager with many preferring a more seasoned campaigner - former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is thought to be interested if Keen does go while Martin O’Neill is also reportedly a candidate.
It seems Keen will at least be given Saturday’s fixture against City to try and turn around their fortunes and he insists he still has the full backing of the players even if he can’t say the same of the club’s fans.
“I don’t know if it is a large section of the crowd, and to be fair, I’m not really paying any attention to anybody who is staying behind,” he said referring to the protests.
“I’m interested in my players and what they give me, and they give me everything every single day.”