Belfast Telegraph

Kean wants Rovers job

Temporary Blackburn boss Steve Kean emerged from the shock of a turbulent week at Ewood Park to declare his interest in replacing Sam Allardyce.

A succession of leading football figures have spoken out against Allardyce's shock dismissal on Monday, with the approach of new owners Venky's being heavily criticised amid rumours of interest in appointing Diego Maradona and confirmation of a fifth-place finish as an unlikely target for Rovers this term.

"I would be delighted to have the job," said Kean. "If I do a good job, perhaps I will come into consideration."

He added: "It is an exciting time for the club. They seem to have very big plans and if I can be part of that, I will be delighted.

"Hopefully it will be in a position that suits the bit I am good at, which is being out on the training ground, developing players and building teams. If that is the manager's job, great.

"If it is in another capacity, then it is something I would enjoy doing for the club."

Kean confirmed he has spoken regularly with Allardyce since the decision to dispense with his services was made.

Their latest conversation was as recently as Friday morning, with Kean's former boss offering his unqualified support.

"Sam has been very supportive. I have worked with him for the past 18 months and I have also worked really closely with Neil McDonald, who is a fantastic coach.

"You have to respect people that brought you to the club. Sam brought me here and showed a lot of confidence in me. He gave me my job and gave me a lot of say in what goes on at the club. I will always be grateful for that."


From Belfast Telegraph