Fans are going to have to come to terms with their hapless boss for the good of the club.
19th place, 3 points from safety and only 4 wins to their name this season, Blackburn fans would be forgiven for thinking their man at the helm should have been sacked months ago. And they’d be right; in fact Steve Kean should never have been allowed to manage Rover’s, a club with a rich history and substantial Premier League Pedigree.
Whilst Sam Allardyce was part of the top flight furniture having succeeded in consolidating both Blackburn and Bolton in his time there, his replacement Kean was a relative novice having worked under another boss throughout his entire managerial career.
The Scott has had to take a relentless and at times unfair amount of abuse for the job he’s done, but having reached February somehow still in the position, the time has come for Rover’s fans to back him to the hilt and here’s why;
1.The players still back him
Something which has stayed constant throughout Blackburn’s turbulent season is the commitment of the players. Their game against Newcastle last week showed the squad are still hungry for survival in the face of some horrendous bad luck, while we all remember their stirring win at Old Trafford. There have no doubt been some shambolic displays, no more so than Saturday’s 7-1 reverse at the Emirates, but the team have continued to give their all and support their manager in the face of adversity. Star man Chris Samba has been in the news recently, publicly stating his desire to leave. However this was not an attack on Kean, with the Congolese centre back directing his anger towards club owners Venky’s, who have yet to show the figures of money mooted when completing their takeover last year.
2. There’s nobody else out there
If Kean was to be eventually sacked, the amount of able managers willing to commit to a club in crisis would be few and far between. With the likes of Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock waiting in the wings, a change now would represent an appointment for the short term, something Blackburn don’t need with several other issues at the club to iron out. Whilst there is good managerial talent plying their trade in the lower leagues, Chris Hughton for example is working miracles at Birmingham City, would any of them want to stick their neck on the line and risk all for a job which holds so many risks?
The biggest danger Rovers face is sacking Kean, only to then hire somebody who exasperates things; think Ian Dowie or Howard Wilkinson.
3. It’s too late
Essentially the biggest obstacle facing the belated sacking of Steve Kean is time, it’s simply too late. Rovers will be in a relegation scrap at the tail end of this season no matter what happens. The damage has already been done; certain players have already lost their confidence whilst certain others simply can’t wait to leave in the summer. Venky’s now face no choice but to stick by the man they so bizarrely backed during a disastrous start to the campaign.
With the transfer window gone, Kean’s stamp is all over the squad whether the fans like it or not. It is now solely up to him to galvanise his honest troops and keep the 1995 Premier League champions afloat. If he doesn’t then Blackburn’s future could be very bleak indeed, and Kean will be consigned to another manager’s dugout for the rest of his career.
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