Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Kean models his plans for Blackburn on Newcastle

Steve Kean is modelling his plans for a Blackburn revival on Alan Pardew's work at Newcastle – the club who have left them behind.

Pardew and Kean took charge of their clubs in the same week in early December 2010 at a time when Rovers were two points better off than their rivals.

They meet in the Carling Cup tonight with Blackburn bottom and the Magpies flying high in fourth spot.

In that time Pardew has lost just seven of his 31 Premier League games whilst Kean has seen Rovers defeated in 15 of his 30 outings in charge.

Pardew started work to the sound of fans calling for his head but silenced his critics by racking up wins.

The Blackburn boss has never shaken off the flak from fans and his team are playing against a backdrop of supporter protests that are getting louder with every defeat.

The underfire Scot believes matching the work done behind the scenes at Newcastle is the key to easing the pressure on his position.

Kean said: ``It is a good one for us to look at and say why can't go down the same route as them.''

Blackburn have spent £20m under Kean whilst Pardew has splashed out £14.9m – both managers have lost major players with Andy Carroll departing St James' Park for Liverpool and Phil Jones joining Manchester United from Rovers.

Kean added: ``I see similarities in myself and Alan. We both like to coach and get out on the grass. He has started very well and that is not expected because he is a good coach.

``I am sure there will be spells in the season when they do find it a bit tougher and there will be spells in the season when we are in a position where we should be, which is five or six points better off than we are now.

``Full credit to Alan though. He has invested in his team well. Yohan Cabaye has been an excellent signing.

``He is a very good passer of the ball and people will be surprised Newcastle were able to get a player of that calibre.

``If you get Leon Best going he is a good options. They have a settled back unit and I think they have done excellent.''

Kean refused to discuss suggestions he is in line for a new contract at a time when a section of supporters want him out.

He added: ``I don’t think the time is right for me to talk about myself, a contract or staying at the club longer or anything like that.
``It’s a time that I should be focused on getting results. I don’t think it’s really my job to make statements.

``If someone within the club wants to come out and speak about that, that's fine, it’s not my position to comment on that though. The team and how we’re going to play is what we need to be focused on.

``I don’t think it’s a story. I’ve still got two years on my contract and I’m focused on what we need to do which is winning matches.''

How the spending matches up

Blackburn signings

Formica £3.5m
Rochina £500k
Goodwille £2.8m
Petrovic £2.7m
Vukcevic £2m
Dann £6m
Yakubu £1.5m
Slew £1m

Total £20m


Jones £16.5m
Kalinic £5m

Total £21.5m

Newcastle signings

Cabaye £4.8m
Marveaux free
Abeid free
Obertan £3m
Santon £5m
Elliott £100k
Ben Arfa £2
Ba free

Total £14.9m


Enrique £5m
Nolan £3m
Carroll 35
Xisco free
Barton free

Total £43m


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