Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Kean needs more time - Wenger

Steve Kean

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has every sympathy for the plight of under-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean - insisting it is "hard for everybody" no matter what end of the table.

The Lancashire club are bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a section of supporters planning a protest march ahead of the lunchtime kick off at Ewood Park to demand a change in the dugout. Kean maintains he can turn the club around with owners Venky's issuing a statement urging everyone to get behind the team.

Wenger accepts in the modern game it is often difficult for young managers to get the time needed to move things forwards. He said: "It is hard for everybody, even for those who manage for 30 years. I just believe this job is difficult. Every who has been in it knows it, and how much depends on the situation you are in at the moment."

Wenger added: "I have a lot of sympathy for Steve Kean. He is a young manager and you want to give him time to do his job.

"A lot of time you complain the British managers do not get a chance and I can understand that but when they do get a chance you must give them time."

Arsenal were far from their fluid best in labouring to victory against Swansea and were pegged back for long periods by Dortmund, who struck a fine late equaliser to deny the English club a rare away European win.

Wenger, though, is in no doubt once the confidence returns, so will the Gunners brand of slick passing football.

"What is important for us at the moment is to get the points and the best way for us to do that is to play well," he said,

"Against Swansea we were under massive pressure and we will be again at Blackburn but let's focus on getting the ball, playing our game and then we will have a chance to win the game."

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