Monday, 26 December 2011

Stubborn Steve Kean Says King Kenny Is Backing Him


Stubborn Rovers boss Steve Kean has cited Kenny Dalglish's words of support as the reason he refuses to end his troubled reign at Blackburn.

Kean is on the wrong end of a vicious hate campaign from fans wanting him to quit on the back of a run of just seven wins in 38 Premier League games.

They have been on his back for three months, culminating in a shocking increase in the scale of abuse during last week?s defeat by Bolton that saw Rovers hit rock bottom.

Kean is getting it in the neck from all angles with local MP Jack Straw calling for him to go along with the local paper.

And the Indian owners' silence on the matter - when the axe was expected to fall last week, is adding to nasty atmosphere at Ewood Park.


But messages of support from Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson have made him determined to press on in the face of fans anger that has seen them now pitch up at the training ground to hurl stick at him.

Kean believes he can turn it around when his lengthy list of injured players return and heads to Anfield today ready to ride the wave of criticism again.

He said: "The abuse is not nice but I hope people can see, and other managers are reflecting on it, that the injury list is a problem. It is not an an excuse, it's a fact.

"It's nice that Sir Alex and many other managers have been on the phone all week with messages saying, 'Hang in there because once you get your defenders back, you will do well.'

"I understand Kenny has said something as well in the press. He is saying that he knows I am getting a bit of a hard time. That is nice to know.

"And it does give me the resolve to carry on. The local paper and some ex-players have had a pop and even MPs which is astounding.

"But when there are managers, who have been round the block, saying hang in there and you're doing a good job in the circumstances; then I'll take that all day rather than an ex-player who has never been a manager - or an MP."

Kean is eternally optimistic and is even talking up Rovers chances of grabbing a result at Anfield today.

That is despite the club winning just twice in seventeen matches this season.

He added: "I would like to think that with results the atmosphere can change at Ewood. I have got results at Liverpool and Old Trafford in the past with Fulham.

"I've seen teams this year take points from there and cause problems so we will prepared for the games and try and get something from them."

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