Blackburn deny Maradona rumors

Blackburn’s new owners have dismissed speculation linking Argentina legend Diego Maradona with the vacant manager’s job at Ewood Park.

Venky’s chairperson Anuradha Desai says they will not rush their next appointment with first-team coach Steve Kean taking temporary charge of the side.

Maradona, who coached his country with characteristic flamboyance at the World Cup last summer, was made an unlikely candidate to succeed Sam Allardyce in some reports but Desai has rubbished those suggestions.

She said: "This is something that because we have offices everywhere somebody spoke about, but it is not true. There is no connection.

"This is something from before we got into the EPL – he knows one of our friends, but nothing beyond that.

"He is not being considered, not now and forever for the future. I can assure you there is nothing we are having to do with Maradona."

Scot Kean, 43, was wanted as manager by Kilmarnock in the summer but opted to stay at Ewood Park with former boss Sam Allardyce, who recruited him last year.

The former Celtic player has earned a good reputation in coaching after spells at Reading and with Chris Coleman at Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry.

He is now in charge of Rovers and could remain in the post for some time as they search for a new boss.

"We are looking for a manager in the future but that is going to take time. We don’t want to make a hurried decision," Desai added.

"We want to understand, meet a lot of people, take opinions and study the scenario.

"For the time being we have given Steve Kean the job.

"I can assure you he is the guy who is hands-on, he knows the strengths and the weaknesses of the players.

"He has been working hard with the players and I am pretty sure he will do an excellent job."