Thursday 14 December 2017

Blackburn's late blow


Phil Medlicott

Blackburn boss Steve Kean says he is under no illusions about the safety of his job if the team's position in the Premier League does not improve.

The pressure increased on Kean once again as Rovers were beaten 2-1 by West Brom at Ewood Park, thanks to Peter Odemwingie's 89th-minute strike. It was the first home match for several months at which the Scot did not have to endure organised protests against him from Blackburn fans but they still made their unhappiness known, with chants of "Kean Out" ringing out around the ground after Odemwingie's goal.

Rovers have won only twice in the Premier League this term and seven times in the top-flight in total since Kean was appointed manager by club owners Venky's a year ago this week. They remain 19th in the table and the 44-year-old knows that if the team's fortunes do not change soon, his tenure might not last much longer.

Told that he had received the sympathies of Albion head coach Roy Hodgson, Kean said: "It's nice to hear support from people, but I'm not here just to get support -- I need to get points. I'm under no illusions that my job is based on us being in a much better position than where we are now. But I'll make sure I prepare the team right and that we show some courage, get on the ball and get some points in the coming games."

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