Steve Kean's job is safe, say Blackburn Rovers' owners

Steve Kean's job is safe, say Blackburn Rovers' owners

The owners of Blackburn Rovers have given their manager, Steve Kean, a vote of confidence following suggestions he could be sacked. It had been claimed that Saturday's defeat by Fulham – Blackburn's third in four games – would lead to the Venky's group dismissing Kean.

That notion has been rejected with the club hitting out at "false and misleading reports". Anuradha Desai, the Venky's chairperson, said: "I do not know the source of these rumours but I would like to clarify that there is absolutely no truth in these reports.

"I would like to put on record that we have a contract with Steve Kean and he will continue in his present position with the club. There is no question of the manager being changed."

The Scot was appointed in December when he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract. Blackburn have slipped to within two points of the Premier League's relegation places and representatives of the Indian company are due in England at the end of this month for a scheduled visit to the club.

Venkatesh Rao, Blackburn's co-owner, admitted unease at recent results but backed Desai's stance. "He [Kean] is very much there, he has just signed a contract and we like him a lot. He is very enthusiastic and he is very positive," he said.

"Yes, we are very concerned but we are now trying to improve all aspects. Plans are looking very positive and I am sure in the future we will do something better."

One solution Venky's could offer Blackburn's manager is the appointment of a more senior adviser alongside him. Sources close to the club denied anyone has been lined up for such a position.

Powered by article was written by Ewan Murray, for The Guardian on Monday 7th March 2011 19.54 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

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