Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Kean allays financial fears

Steve Kean

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has confirmed he sought immediate reassurances from the club's owner this week that there will be no problems with paying the players' wages.

A report at the weekend claimed Venky's, the Indian owners of Blackburn, had received a demand from Barclays bank for £10million to help to pay off the club's debts and that they could struggle to pay salaries in January. The club insisted there is "no financial crisis" and Kean said he had been personally reassured of that by Venky's head Mrs Anuradha Desai.

"I immediately spoke with the owner and categorically she has told me to get across to the players there won't be any problems financially on salaries or moving forward in the transfer window," said Kean.

"I relayed that back to all the players directly I came off the phone - that was the way to communicate it, straight from the owners, straight back to the players. The players have just got on with their job and prepared for tomorrow's game. We are all professional and I don't think our concentration has been affected in any way."

Saturday's match against West Brom marks a year since Kean took over at Rovers, and he has been convinced that this season especially Blackburn have not enjoyed the rub of the green in terms of refereeing decisions. Kean has felt so strongly that he met referees chief Mike Riley to point out eight incidents he believes has cost Rovers.

He added: "We have brought the referees in, spoken to Mike Riley and his associates and showed them the incidents and we got a very good response. He was very sympathetic.

"We are looking for consistency with referees and that the whole thing evens out. We feel there are seven or eight decisions that certainly cost us points and we have only a couple that went our way, such as the goal at Wigan when we all thought Yakubu had touched the ball at the corner.

"It doesn't get us any more points but I hope that will be fed back."

Blackburn's next two games could prove to be pivotal to their season with West Brom's visit followed by bottom club Bolton coming to Ewood Park.

Kean said: "We want six points to get us out of that horrible zone where we are. I think the next five days will be massive, the table can look very different and not just for ourselves but for other teams who have tough away games. If we can get two wins back to back it could be pivotal."

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