Kean backed by fellow bosses

A situation that has been escalating throughout the season reached
its nadir at Ewood Park on Wednesday as Rovers were beaten 2-1 by
Bolton to drop to the bottom of the Premier League table. Kean has
been a lightning rod for fans’ frustration, not just with his own
performance but also the role of Indian owners Venky’s, and a small
group took their protests to the club’s training ground on Friday.
Asked if he would consider meeting with those supporters, the Scot
said: “I have to take direction from other people as far as health
and safety and making sure if we do anything like that it’s in a
proper environment. “At the game the other night it was pretty
vicious so it would have to be in an environment where first and
foremost it was safe.” Fans have complained about a perceived lack
of communication from the club, but Kean insisted plans are in
place to allow their grievances to be heard. He said: “I spoke with
the deputy chief executive and I think there was a plan where the
directors first and foremost were going to meet with the fans. I
don’t know where that’s at at the moment. “I said I would be
available. I’ve already met with the fans in my office and did a
full, open podcast. I answered every single question they asked me.
“I’m always very open and honest with anything I’m asked.” Kean has
been left increasingly isolated, with Venky’s conspicuous by their
absence at recent games while local MP Jack Straw and the
Lancashire Telegraph have both called for the manager to go.
However, he did receive some welcome support from his fellow
managers this week, with Sir Alex Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, Owen
Coyle and David Moyes all condemning the situation. Kean said: “My
phone’s been going hot all week with people phoning with messages
saying ‘Hang in there’. “No disrespect to local MPs or local
journalists or ex-players, but when you’ve got vastly experienced
managers that are phoning up and saying under the circumstances
you’re doing a marvellous job, then I’ll listen to them.” The home
defeats to West Brom and Bolton have left Blackburn in a perilous
position, and it does not get any easier for Kean with a trip to
Anfield to face Liverpool on Boxing Day followed by another away
game against Manchester United. Rovers have also been hit hard by
injuries, particularly in defence, with Scott Dann, Martin Olsson,
Ryan Nelsen and Gael Givet all out. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson is
also a doubt for Monday’s clash, although Kean is hoping he will be
able to play despite a tear in his calf muscle, while Givet
underwent a successful heart operation yesterday after suffering
palpitations in the defeat at Sunderland earlier this month. Kean
called for fans to recognise his problems, saying: “I can
understand if they’re getting uptight about the position we’re in.
We’re all uptight about it but we feel, with the right ability to
select the squad, (that can improve). “If five defenders are
injured, there’s nothing we can do about that. We’re praying and
hoping they get back as quickly as possible. “Gael Givet’s had a
very successful heart operation and we expect him to be back in
full training within a week. “I would hope the fans can see that
and understand that if any of those players were fit, they would
play. We’re playing players out of position and giving ourselves a
bit of a mountain to climb. “In the second half against Bolton I
felt the players responded very well and, right with the very last
header of the game, we were unfortunate Chris Samba couldn’t clip
it in.”