Kean: I have the power

Anderson advised the club in their search for new owners and when

Venky’s took over at Ewood Park in December he continued to work

with the Indian firm in an advisory capacity. Last week it was

revealed Blackburn had agreed a pre-contract with Anderson’s son

Myles, who will sign a two-year deal this summer despite him

playing just two minutes of competitive football with current club

Aberdeen, whom he joined in January. But Kean insists he has signed

the 20-year-old defender on merit, having previously scouted the

player and invited him for a trial at Rovers where he made a

13-minute substitute appearance in a friendly against Southport. “I

have the ability to sign anyone I want to sign because I have

fantastic backing from the owners,” said the manager. “I think he

has a bright future immaterial of who his father is or where he has

been before. “Myles is a late developer. He has been in a family

who decided education was the way to push him so he has not been in

any academy programme. “I actually recommended him earlier in the

season and he came down here for a few weeks and did really well.

“Now, as manager, I have the opportunity to bring him in – as

manager I can decide who is coming in – and he is a player with a

bright future. “I am very confident when he comes in he will have a

bright future, will continue to develop and we’ll push him

through.” And Kean was categorical on the role of Anderson snr at

the club. “Jerome advised the Walker Trust (the previous owners),

that was the first way it happened, on finding an owner so it was

Blackburn who employed him,” he added. “He found a new owner, who

is now in place, and I have a great relationship with them. “Jerome

will continue to advise them when he is asked to advise them but he

has his own business to run. “I still have a fantastic relationship

with Jerome, he has looked after me and I am delighted to still be

involved in his agency. “But he does not have an office at

Blackburn (as has been rumoured). “He is always welcome here when

he does come here, the same as any other agent who has an

appointment here to see myself or a player. “We always make that

facility available. We are a very warm and open club and will

continue to do that.” Sources close to Anderson have always

maintained that all football-related matters are the remit of Kean.

Kean revealed today that midfielder Vince Grella will miss the rest

of the campaign after having an operation on an Achilles problem.

The Australian has played just seven times this season, and only

twice since October 24 because of a series of problems. “It has

been very hard for Vinny because he’s picked up niggly injuries and

this one has been quite a big operation,” said the Rovers boss. “He

has had the plantaris (a small muscle) removed and hopefully he can

get some rehab under his belt and look forward to an injury-free

season next season. “I think he won’t play again this season.”