Kean to boss Rovers for season

Published Dec. 22, 2010 6:15 p.m. ET

The 43-year-old was promoted from first-team coach to caretaker boss following the surprise sacking of Sam Allardyce and assistant Neil McDonald last week. New owners Venky's stressed they would not be rushing to appoint a permanent successor to Allardyce, and on Wednesday they put their trust in Kean despite his lack of managerial experience. A club statement read: "Following the departure of Mr Sam Allardyce as football manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club earlier this month, Mr Steve Kean was appointed as manager. "Venky's London Limited - Blackburn Rovers - has decided to continue with Mr Steve Kean as manager, until the end of the season, June 2011." Kean is a well-respected coach and was previously a long-time assistant to Chris Coleman, who he worked with at Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry before taking the job at Blackburn last summer. His first game in charge was a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to West Ham last weekend, after which Kean stressed he did not know how long his tenure would last. But he was reported to have flown out to India for a meeting with the hierarchy of poultry giants Venky's, where it appears an agreement was reached about the short-term future of the club. The new owners have been quoted setting Blackburn a target of a top-seven finish, but Kean's priority will be to ensure Premier League survival. Rovers are currently six points above the relegation zone and four points off the top seven but have injury problems to contend with and it is unclear how much money Kean will be given to spend in the January transfer window. Teenage starlet Phil Jones could miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery on Monday and, with Vince Grella, Steven Nzonzi and Keith Andrews all sidelined, midfield will be a key area for the new boss. Kean's first priority, though, will be to deal with the dissent among the squad about the treatment of Allardyce. Ryan Nelsen voiced his dissatisfaction at the weekend and captain Christopher Samba is reportedly so unhappy he wants to leave the club.