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It’s ‘not safe’ to meet Blackburn fans: Kean

By Eleanor Crooks

Beleaguered Blackburn boss Steve Kean yesterday intimated he would not feel safe meeting with fans of the club following treatment he described as “vicious” in Tuesday night's defeat to Bolton.



A situation that has been escalating throughout the season reached its nadir at Ewood Park as Rovers were beaten 2-1 by their local rivals and fellow strugglers to drop to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.

Kean has been a lightning rod for fans' frustration, not just with his own performance but also the role of Indian owners Venky's, and a small group took their protests to the club's training ground yesterday.

Asked if he would consider meeting with those supporters, the Scot said: “I have to take direction from other people as far as health and safety and making sure if we do anything like that it's in a proper environment.

“At the game the other night it was pretty vicious so it would have to be in an environment where, first and foremost, it was safe.

“I spoke with the deputy chief executive and I think there was a plan where the directors, first and foremost, were going to meet with the fans. I don't know where that's at at the moment.

“I said I would be available. I've already met with the fans in my office and did a full, open podcast. I answered every single question they asked me.”

Kean called for fans to recognise his problems, saying: “I can understand if they're getting uptight about the position we're in. We're all uptight about it but we feel, with the right ability to select the squad, (that can improve).

“If five defenders are injured, there's nothing we can do about that. We're praying and hoping they get back as quickly as possible. I would hope the fans can see that and understand that if any of those players were fit, they would play.”

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