Steve Kean to Chelsea?!

Steve Kean Blackburn Bench

Former Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is being linked with a surprise switch to become an assistant at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

Just when you believe football cannot shock you any more, a report crops up which seems so incredulous it surely cannot be true.

That's the scenario we are faced with reading The Mirror's breaking story this evening that Steve Kean could be heading to Chelsea.

Fear not Blues fans, Kean is not going to be the next Chelsea manager or even an interim one.

Instead it is claimed he is being lined up as an assistant for Jose Mourinho under his new regime, with the Mirror working under the assumption that the Special One's return is a done deal.

It's certainly an interesting suggestion, and a move which could result in one of the biggest turnarounds in fortune since Chelsea went from being beaten by West Brom in 2012 under AVB to becoming European Champions.

Kean became a figure of hate at Blackburn during his one and only managerial stint, hired under the unpopular Venkys regime, overseeing their relegation last season.

He was fired in September this season after falling behind the targets set by Rovers' owners and has been out of work ever since.

Kean was always an ambitious coach who at least talked a good game, but appeared to lack the credentials or fortune to produce good results.

So it makes sense for him to go and learn the managerial trade as an assistant to a coach who has been there and done it, and there are few better to learn from than two-time Champions League Winner, Jose Mourinho.

Quite how the links between Kean and Mourinho have come about is yet to be determined. Who knows, Kean could have been a recommendation from fellow Scot, Sir Alex Ferguson, with the intention of sabotaging Jose's return.

Whether true or not, Kean's reputation has been enhanced overnight simply by having his name mentioned in the same breath as Mourinho, although we can't help but wonder what Blackburn fans think of it all.

Imagine them having to see Kean lifting the Premier League trophy next season, riding on Mourinho's coattails.

We leave you with this - Is Mourinho is the 'Special One', what should Kean's nickname be if he joins Chelsea?

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