Steve Kean was in his own words forced to resign last night after his position at the club had become 'untenable'. The news has no doubt been welcomed by many Rovers fans who have been calling for the removal of Steve Kean for over 18 months. Since he was appointed by the new Indian owners the Venky's 21 months ago fans at Edwood Park have been unhappy. Kean leaves Blackburn third in the Championship after seven games where he endured only 1 defeat. Eric Black had taken over first-team duties.
Fans poking fun at owner
Kean's record at Blackburn does not make great reading as he Won 21, drew 16 and lost 37 of his 74 matches in charge as well as over seeing Blackburn's relegation from the Premiership after 11 years in the top flight. Unfortunately his treatment and tenure will be remembered as a farce. The chicken (left) on the field during the Wigan game at the end of last year summed up the Rovers fans feeling towards the clubs owners who have not covered themselves in glory throughout their tenure either.
It did seem as if Kean was to leave earlier in the week however then it appeared it had survived for another week at least after describing talks as 'constructive and positive' with the Indian owners of Blackburn Rovers only for him to resign last night.
Despite what you think of the man, you have to be impressed by the way that he had handled himself. Considering the abuse that he has received over the past 18 months he has stayed calm and in control which many may have found hard to do. Everyday must have been a battle as Rovers fans shouted for his removal. I have never seen before such negativity towards one manager over such a prolonged period of time.
Kean's statement read: "For reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret, given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years, that I have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club with immediate effect, due to my position as team manager becoming untenable. I wish to thank all the players and coaching staff for their great support and the majority of the fans, who now see their club heading towards an automatic promotion position back to the Premiership. I wish the club all the very best for the future."
For Blackburn to move forward Kean did need to go however it is the owners who also need to go. The Venky do not seem to understand how to run a football club and they are damaging Blackburn Rovers as a result.
In terms of a new manager. It is a very nice job. The squad that they have is of great quality for the Championship and they sit third in the league. Players such as Jordan Rhodes will mean that Blackburn will near the top come the end of the season. Also whoever the new manager is he will surely have more of the fans support then Steve Kean ever did. The new man is in a no-lose situation.
Former favourite Sherwood early favourite
Early candidates for the position is that of formers players Tim Sherwood (right) currently on Tottenham coaching team and Match of the Day pundit and legendary goal scorer Alan Shearer. Craig Short, Colin Hendry, Gary Flitcroft, Tim Flowers, Robbie Savage, Tugay, Henning Berg, Chris Sutton, Paul Dickov and even Robbie Saavge are other past players linked with the position. Former managers Paul Ince , Greame Souness and Kenny Dalglish are also linked. Even Harry Redknapp is linked however this one will not happen for me.
Selected List of betting:
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank 20/1
Personally I am surprised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer name has not been mentioned. He would be a good choice if they can persuade him to leave Molde.
Who is the best choice? Comments welcome.