Kean ready to meet unhappy fans

The Ewood Park outfit are bottom of the Premier League and a

section of Rovers supporters have for some time been staging

protests against Kean, calling for him to be sacked. The Scot, who

it was announced last week had signed a new contract, said after

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Stoke that he was putting the criticism to

the back of his mind. He also stressed, however, that he shared

fans’ frustrations about recent results – Blackburn have won just

once in the league all season – and today Kean insisted he would be

happy to speak with them directly. “I will always take direction

from other people at the club more qualified than me to organise

something like that,” the 44-year-old said ahead of Tuesday’s

Carling Cup quarter-final at Cardiff. “But if it is going to

happen, then I would be available to do that.” Asked if he thought

such a move was needed, Kean said: “I don’t know. “Possibly they

might want access and want to know a little bit more about what is

going on at Ewood. “I think there has been a lot of suggestion that

they would like to know a little bit more about the organisation

and the running of the club. “That is not my department, but I’m

happy to talk on the football side.” One meeting Kean definitely

has scheduled is with the club’s owners Venky’s, with whom he will

be discussing potential January transfer window signings that might

boost Blackburn’s ailing league campaign. “We’ve got a list and I

will get a meeting with the owners in the next three or four days,”

Kean said. “Hopefully we will be bringing in fresh faces and some

quality in the window to compliment what we have already got.”

Before then, Kean must prepare his team for tomorrow’s trip to

Wales as Blackburn look to secure a place in the cup semi-final.

Following the news yesterday of the death of Wales manager Gary

Speed, it is set to be an emotional occasion and Kean – like the

rest of the football world – has been left stunned. “It is shocking

news,” Kean said. “I only spoke to him on Thursday and I’m still

stunned. We have got a young Welsh player Adam Henley and I spoke

with Gary about coming up to have a look at him, and he was going

to do that next week. “I had a chat with him on the phone and he

was quite bright and bubbly. When I heard the news it was just

shocking. “I spoke to Chris Coleman (who Kean has worked as

assistant to at various clubs and was a team-mate of Speed’s for

Wales), who he was very close with, last night and he was stunned.

He was out in Greece and he didn’t know.”