Blackburn Rovers - Should they have kept Steve Kean?

Steve Kean Blackburn Bench

Blackburn Rovers suffered more disappointment last night, losing their FA Cup quarter-final to Millwall.

Should Steve Kean never have been sacked?

Well the answer to that is yes he should have, but Blackburn needed to fire him long before they got relegated to the Premier League.

So having been relegated, and the fact Rovers stuck with him through the summer, invested in the squad at his request, why fire him the moment things started to get tough?

When Kean resigned, claiming he was 'forced out', he had failed to meet the Venky's target of 16 points from their first seven games, reaching 14.

The problem was, the Indian owners at Blackburn simply did not have a plan for the moment Kean did leave, which was bizarre as he had been threatened with the axe for months.

Rovers currently lie in 16th place in the Championship, almost 30 points behind league leaders Cardiff City. In fact they are only six points above the relegation zone.

If it was not sacking Kean that was the wrong decision, then the subsequent managerial appointments might well have been. Henning Berg was a man brought into appease the Rovers faithful, a former player at the club but it started and ended in disaster.

He arrived having to defend his critical comments about the Venkys which immediately undermined his authority, with a number of observers questioning his poor managerial record in Norway. The Champions League winning defender left with his reputation in tatters - winning just one of 10 games.

Rovers took a while to replace him, eventually tempting Michael Appleton away from Blackpool, a position he had only recently taken up after leaving Portsmouth.

Last night the decision to appoint Appleton was laid into by former Rovers player Robbie Savage, who bluntly stated he wasn't up to it after the side lost their FA Cup quarter-final 1-0 to Millwall, and a trip to Wembley with it.

Now it's clear as Savage went onto say, that Rovers should never have sacked Sam Allardyce. That couldn't be more obvious.

But with a talented squad of players like Danny Murphy and Jordan Rhodes, who were tempted to the club by Kean in the summer, you just can't help but wonder if the unpopular former manager would have done a better job than his two replacements.

It's probably fair to say Kean would have kept them in the playoff race; he wasn't the answer long-term, but the whole situation has been chronically mishandled by the board.

Perhaps it is simply time for the Venkys to go.

Where would Rovers be if they kept Kean? Where is Appleton taking the club?

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