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Friday 23 February 2018

Kean gets Rovers seal of approval

Steve Kean has been given the chance to prove his management credentials after Blackburn owners Venky's announced he will remain in charge until the end of the season.

The 43-year-old was promoted from first-team coach to caretaker boss following the surprise sacking of Sam Allardyce and assistant Neil McDonald last week.

Indian poultry giants Venky's, who took over the club last month, stressed that they would not be rushing to appoint a permanent successor to Allardyce, and yesterday put their trust in Kean despite his lack of experience.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Thomas Vermaelen will be sidelined for another month.

Key defender Vermaelen has been missing since August with a troublesome Achilles injury that was initially thought to have ruled him out for a matter of days.

Wenger confirmed two weeks ago that the Belgium international would return in January, but has now decided to delay his comeback until the end of that month.

"I'd rather say late January," said Wenger, whose side have struggled defensively in Vermaelen's absence. "He is short on fitness and we have to build it up."

PLYMOUTH'S bid to keep Conor Clifford at the club for another loan stay has been denied by the Football League.

The Pilgrims had agreed a deal with parent club Chelsea to keep the precocious midfielder at Home Park until January 22. However, the Football League viewed the deal as a new signing and refused to accept Clifford's registration because Argyle have been made the subject of a winding-up order.

The Irish U-21 midfielder made eight appearances for Peter Reid's men, where he has been on loan since October.

STOCKPORT striker Barry Conlon has left the club by mutual consent following a number of "off-field" issues.

The much-travelled Irishman, who only joined County in the summer, was last week banned from driving after he drove while almost twice over the legal alcohol limit.

A club statement said: "Conlon has suffered with injury for much of his stay at Edgeley Park which has resulted in him not making the impact expected; he has also had off-field issues to deal with."

Irish Independent

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