December 15, 2010 | In: Articles
Rovers backing for Kean
Blackburn Rovers’ new hierarchy have every faith in caretaker Steve Kean while insisting they will not rush an appointment for Sam Allardyce’s successor.
Kean has been entrusted with first-team affairs at Ewood Park following Sam Allardyce’s shock dismissal earlier this week.
The former Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry assistant boss will be in charge for Blackburn’s crunch Premier League clash with strugglers West Ham this weekend.
Blackburn are in no rush to appoint Allardyce’s replacement, with Rovers supremo Anuradha J Desai stating she believes Kean will do an ‘excellent’ job.
“We are looking for a manager in the future but that is going to take time,” explained Desai. “We don’t want to make a hurried decision.
“We want to understand, meet a lot of people, take opinions and study the scenario. For the time being we have given Steve Kean the job.
“I can assure you he is the guy who is hands-on, he knows the strengths and the weaknesses of the players.
“He has been working hard with the players and I am pretty sure he will do an excellent job.”
Desai insists the speculation linking the club with Argentina legend Diego Maradona is untrue, stating she is unsure where the reports have come from.
“This is something that because we have offices everywhere somebody spoke about, but it is not true,” she continued. “There is no connection.
“This is something from before we got into the EPL – he knows one of our friends, but nothing beyond that.
“He is not being considered, not now and forever for the future. I can assure you there is nothing we are having to do with Maradona.”
Meanwhile, Desai has defended the club’s ambitions plans, reaffirming they want to improve the club at all levels.
Rovers’ driven owners do not the team to be fighting a relegation battle every season and believe the fans deserve better.
“We want to take the club up to higher heights in terms of position, in terms of overall betterment of the club, in terms of development of younger players – the future.
“We have a long-term vision. In that, Sam definitely didn’t fit in.
“We don’t want to be, all the time, in danger of being relegated – three points away, five points away.
“I don’t think this team deserves that. This team has a lot of potential and we can see that.”