Hodgson: Kean mentally strong

Hodgson was himself sacked as Rovers manager more than a decade ago

despite leading them into Europe the previous season. Now Kean is

having to put up with such demands from Rovers supporters on a

regular basis but Hodgson believes he is dealing with it admirably.

Hodgson, whose Baggies travel to Ewood Park on Saturday, said: “How

you deal with such things depends on the individual but it requires

enormous mental strength. “It requires determination and focus and

not allowing yourself to be too swayed by things you are hearing

from the outside. “You’ve got to hope the players you are working

with are still listening and trying to do the type of things you

feel are necessary for the team to do well. “You’ve got to hope

they are not being swayed by a lot of the outside noises and

judgements they will be hearing. “I think Steve Kean has shown a

lot of dignity in that situation. He’s got on with his job and

actually got some quite good results along the way as well.”

Hodgson also believes the situation at Rovers could develop a siege

mentality which will make life tougher for Albion and other

opponents. He said: “It is possible. I’m spending a lot of time

talking about Blackburn. I know the players they use and how they

play and style of play. “It is possible it makes our task that

little harder. “But I just think when you are in the Premier League

you will be well advised to prepare for a difficult game against

every team you play against, every week, irrespective of their

current situation. “If for some reason their game is being damaged

by outside influences, we will be very grateful but we don’t count

on it.” Hodgson insists he has nothing to be ashamed off regarding

his spell at Rovers. He said: “I took over a team that avoided

relegation by a point and took them into Europe. I feel quite proud

of that. I thought that was a good performance. “In the second

year, we had some injuries and found ourselves near the bottom of

the table and, having got into Europe with me, they thought the

following year they would get into the Champions League. “After

15-16 games, I lost the job. That is more circumstantial than

anything else so it doesn’t particularly bother me.”