Belfast Telegraph

Kean disappointed by fan protest

Under-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean has dismissed calls for his sacking by telling disgruntled fans he can arrest the club's slide.

A section of supporters is planning a protest march to demand Kean's removal before Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Arsenal at Ewood Park. Rovers are bottom with just one point from their opening four league matches and fans are growing increasingly dismayed at the direction in which they are heading under Kean and owners Venky's.

"There is nobody more frustrated then myself and the players because we think we have done well enough to get all three points (in games), never mind none or a point," said Kean, who was offered support from Venky's in a statement last night.

"Ewood is always a daunting place for any team to come and we just need the fans to stick with us and give us their backing. I am sure we will pull through, get points on the board and climb the table very quickly.

"There have been a couple of frustrating results but I would not say they have been frustrating performances. I think the performances have been good."

It has been noted that the statement from Venky's failed to mention Kean, who has won just seven of his 28 matches in charge.

Yet Kean is convinced he has the full backing of the Indian owners having been installed by them after the sacking of Sam Allardyce last December.

"I think it is a good rallying call and we all need to be pulling in the same direction," he said. "I spoke with the owners yesterday. As always they gave me their full backing and said, 'If there is going to be a demonstration, don't worry, we're fully behind you'. They have backed me like they always have done and I have always had a good relationship with them."

Kean is disappointed that fans feel it necessary to demonstrate - organisers are hoping for a crowd of at least 1,000 - but is hopeful the game itself will not be affected.

Kean said: "Fans show their frustrations in different ways. I am disappointed to be honest but the feedback I am getting is the fans are going to have a march and then afterwards they are going to back the team. I am delighted about that, they are going to get behind the lads and that is what they have always done."


From Belfast Telegraph