Blackburn owners back manager Kean

BY foxsports • October 8, 2011

Blackburn's owners have given beleaguered manager Steve Kean their full support and dismissed calls from fans to sack him.

Rovers are currently on a mid-season tour of India and secured a 3-0 win over 10-man Pune in an exhibition match with a brace from Jason Roberts and one from Ruben Rochina.

Under Kean, Rovers have taken just four points from their opening seven Premier League games this term, and the frustration of the fans has been evident during this tour of the sub-continent.

The Venky family, who own the club, are refusing to abandon Kean and believe that he will eventually steer the club in the right direction.

Co-owner Balaji Rao told the Daily Mirror: "The team is in the relegation zone now but it's going to come up, I am sure of that.

"We do know a few people have been generating thousands of emails demanding the ousting of Steve Kean, who is a brilliant manager.

"But we know the team is going in the right direction and we are very positive about the way the team is performing and the way it is going."

The claims of Rao are likely to further rile the Rovers faithful, with the club currently sitting second from bottom in the standings.

But their owner has a five-year plan to see them secure a place in Europe.

"On the whole, the goal of playing in Europe in the next four or five years is a realistic one," he added.

Kean has sought to extract the positives from Rovers' trip as he prepares for their game against Queens Park Rangers.

"First of all, any game we play is worth winning. We were very respectful of our opponents," he told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

"We had 49 shots on goal with almost 30 of them on target. It shows that our possession was good.

"We'll take that forward, it has been a very good week. It was a great week for the guys to spend a lot of time together.

"We can go back with our heads held high."

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