Belfast Telegraph

Rovers job is Kean's to lose

Steve Kean has been challenged to prove he can become Blackburn's manager on a permanent basis.

The Scot has been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs following the surprise sacking of Sam Allardyce earlier this week. Venky's, the Indian firm which recently bought Rovers, are now beginning their search for a new manager but say the job is Kean's to lose and plan to let the 43-year-old influence January's transfer policy.

The company's chairperson Anuradha Desai told Sky Sports News: "We are not making any choices now and when the time comes we will give Steve two to three months to prove his mettle. Suppose he turns out to be good, then he continues as the manager - it is as simple as that."

Desai added: "The option is open for Steve, it is very clear. He has been given the time and if he does well and proves himself, there is no doubt in our mind he would be the manager forever, then. Then we will not look at anybody.

"We will be keeping our options open but if he does prove himself to be good, which we are hoping he will, then he is the manager for a long time to come."

She refused to be drawn on Kean's long-term job prospects when asked in an earlier interview with Radio Five Live, even though Venky's already seem happy to let him have a say on potential new signings when the transfer window opens next month

Desai told Five Live: "It will be discussed with him and certainly he will be the final decision-making bit because he knows the team, he has worked with the club for a long time.

"He will be involved and he will finally decide."

It has been reported that Allardyce's sacking came after he objected to the prospect of having new signings forced upon him. The owners, however, insist the much-criticised decision to axe the 56-year-old had nothing to do with transfer policy. Desai believes the club have bought badly in the past but wanted to change the manager for footballing reasons.

She added on Five Live: "Some of the transfers were not up to the mark. We could make a mistake tomorrow but there were more mistakes than the right things being done of late. I am not suggesting Sam had anything to do with transfers in the past, but what I am trying to say is we have a larger issue."


From Belfast Telegraph