Rovers: No new Kean deal

Rovers are currently in the top-flight relegation zone after a

miserable start to the season which has seen them claim just six

points from 11 games. Kean, whose appointment as successor to Sam

Allardyce in December last year was not met with universal

approval, has been under severe scrutiny this season. Ewood Park

owners Venky’s turned to the 44-year-old after they showed

Allardyce the door and have always backed the Scot through some

testing times this term. Protests from sections of the club’s

supporters have become commonplace at home matches this season,

with Rovers having lost five of their six in front of their own

fans. Kean insists he is paying no attention to the dissenting

voices and has always thanked the supporters who have stuck behind

his players during their recent rocky patch. Reports emerged

earlier this week that Venky’s had handed their boss a new and

improved contract despite their perilous position and the off-field

unrest. But a Venky’s spokesman told the Lancashire Telegraph:

“There is no new contract signed yet.”