Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Kean under no illusions

Steve Kean

Blackburn boss Steve Kean says he is under no illusions about the safety of his job if the team's position in the Barclays Premier League does not improve.

Rovers were beaten 2-1 by West Brom at Ewood Park in the first home match for several months at which the Scot did not have to endure organised protests against him from Blackburn fans but they still made their unhappiness known, with chants of 'Kean Out' ringing out around the ground after Peter Odemwingie's winner.

Told that he had received the sympathies of Albion head coach Roy Hodgson, Kean said: "It's nice to hear support from people, but I'm not here just to get support - I need to get points. I'm under no illusions that my job is based on us being in a much better position than where we are now."

Referring to the way Blackburn supporters had reacted to the visitors' winner, Kean said he could understand the way they felt.

"The crowd, like the staff and players, are disappointed," he said. "I think we all feel the same - we want to win at home and get ourselves out of the position we are in, so I can understand why the fans are not happy - nobody is happy."

While seeing his side move up to 13th, Hodgson offered his support to his opposite number.

The 64-year-old lost his job as Blackburn boss in the 1990s and does not want to see the same thing happen to Kean.

"He is showing a lot of dignity," Hodgson said. "I always stand behind managers in these situations.

"I think it is too easy to try and put all the ills of a football club's playing staff down to one man. It is often a lot more complicated than that.

"It is not my business what Blackburn Rovers do, but if Steve does lose his job, I will feel very sorry for him."

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