Assurances for Rovers boss Kean

The Rovers manager has come in for criticism after overseeing an

alarming slump in form at Ewood Park. Since penning a

two-and-a-half-year deal in January, Kean has led his side to just

one Premier League victory. Four draws and five defeats have been

suffered in their last nine fixtures, meaning Blackburn now sit

just a point above the relegation zone. Such form is always going

to see pressure mount on a coach’s shoulders, but Rao insists that

Kean remains the right man for the job. He said: “Kean’s job is

definitely safe. I can say 100 per cent that, as far as I’m

concerned, he will still be our manager next season. “We have

confidence in him, and our players. We like him and we trust him.

He will stay.” The Venky’s consortium seized power at Ewood Park in

November 2010, purchasing the club for £23million. They insist

they remain fully committed to the club, despite seeing their reign

get off to a less than auspicious start. Rao added: “We are

involved for the long term, and I can assure supporters that we

care about the long-term future of the club. “We’ve only owned

Rovers for five months. We have made some changes and there are

other things to do. “It will take more time yet, but all I’d ask

our fans is to see where we are after we’ve been here for a year.”