Fergie shows sympathy for Kean

The Rovers faithful have never taken to Kean but their relationship

reached a new low in midweek as Rovers suffered a 2-1 defeat to

Bolton that sent them plummeting to the foot of the Premier League.

With demonstrations taking place after the game, it was widely

expected Kean would have been sacked by now. The League Managers’

Association have already criticised the club’s owners, Venky’s, for

their handling of Blackburn and it is known former manager Mark

Hughes is not keen on the idea of returning to a club in such

turmoil. Kean has survived to take charge of Rovers for their

Boxing Day trip to Liverpool, with Ferguson praising his fellow

Scot for the dignity he has retained in the face of such

unremitting criticism. “I have not seen anything as bad as that,”

said Ferguson. “I feel for the lad. “He seems to be in complete

control of himself at press conferences and has not let events get

to him. “It is remarkable that under that kind of pressure he can

retain his dignity the way he has done. “I tried to phone him the

other day but he is probably right to keep it off.” Ferguson has

spoken often about the confrontational nature of today’s society

and how fans are quick to vent their frustrations these days. And

this, he believes, is just another extreme example. “It is terrible

to watch that,” he said. “It doesn’t say a lot for our society

nowadays when you see that kind of behaviour from fans. “We are all

emotional. We all like to see our team win. But for goodness sake,

give the lad a break.”