Belfast Telegraph

Kean backed by Rovers owners

Blackburn's Indian owners are confident caretaker boss Steve Kean has the drive to match their own lofty ambitions for the club.

Poultry firm Venky's, who bought Rovers in a £43million deal last month, sacked manager Sam Allardyce this week, claiming he was not the man to take them forward. Venky's have spoken of their desire to finish in the top four or five of the Barclays Premier League despite not promising big funds for transfers.

Venky's chairperson Anuradha Desai told BBC Radio Five Live: "This is a guy (Kean) who is hard-working, who loves the team and is very motivated. This is very important, you need to be motivating the people around. You should be thinking big."

He added: "If I say I want to achieve the number four position I will try hard and at least come near that. That was missing.

"We have to think positive and this man is very positive.

"That is why we said he is the guy who can take us up. We should give him all the support."

Kean was brought to Ewood Park as first-team coach by Allardyce last year.

The Scot has previously worked on the backroom staff at Reading and under Chris Coleman at Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry.


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