Rovers confirm Maradona contact

Indian firm Venky’s, who bought the Lancashire club earlier this

season, axed manager Sam Allardyce on Monday. They have been linked

with a host of names since, including Maradona, and their chairman

Anuradha Desai confirmed they had made contact. However, she also

revealed that the plan is for Kean to stay in charge until the

summer. “We thought about Maradona as a coach after we took over,”

she said. “Talks were at the initial stage then, but there is no

development on that front yet. “For now, the current coach will be

the manager till the end of the season. “There is no question of

signing anyone for such a short time.” Desai says they have no

qualms about former Fulham coach Kean being in charge. “Kean is

well connected with the game and the players as well. We have full

faith that he will do the best job and keep the team motivated. “He

works long hours and is talented at his job. “He also works well

with our very skilful young players – and that is important.” Desai

also insisted that chairman John Williams had not followed

Allardyce out of the club. “We have not taken any hasty decision in

replacing the manager with the coach. It was a long, pending issue

and it’s a calculated risk,” she said. “I don’t want to get into

why we were unhappy with Allardyce, or any kind of negative

remarks. “John Williams is close to Allardyce but he is very much

with us and he has not expressed any willingness to quit. His

position in the team is safe.”