Venky's 'disappointed' by Kean exit
Steve Kean has resigned as Blackburn Rovers manager
Blackburn owners Venky's are "very disappointed" Steve Kean has resigned as Blackburn manager, according to the club's managing director Derek Shaw.
Kean walked away from his post at Ewood Park after 21 months on Friday evening, claiming in a statement that he had been "forced" out as his position had become "untenable".
Shaw said: "I have spoken with Anuradha Desai (the club owner) and she is very disappointed as she was close with Steve. Owing to time differences, I don't have anything else."
He went on: "Steve has, after a great deal of thought, resigned. It was completely unexpected. He travelled down with the team ahead of our game at Charlton tomorrow, but he must have been giving it an awful lot of thought owing to the pressure he's been under."
Kean's decision came at the end of a week which has seen more intense speculation that the axe was set to fall on the 44-year-old Scot, who has been a much-derided figure throughout his time in charge of the club. He oversaw their relegation to the npower Championship in May, which only inflamed the tensions between manager and supporters.
Despite terrace unrest, though, the Venky's remained faithfully loyal to Kean, giving him two contract extensions after handing him Sam Allardyce's job, as well as backing him heavily in the transfer market.
On Kean's claim that he was forced to stand down, Shaw added: "I can't comment on that. He's decided tonight to call it a day, and the thoughts on why are with Steve."
Kean, whose assistant Eric Black will take the team at Charlton, caught his club on the hop when he released a statement through his lawyers at 7pm on Friday.
At a time when Rovers' official website was carrying a story of Kean talking of a positive week, he said: "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."
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Well done Mr. Keane. During the last 21 months he kept his dignity and stood tall like a typical Scott. No one can doubt the qualities of the Scottish manager. Just look at A. Ferguson, D. Moyes, King Kenny, G. Graham and others.
The Venkys didn't know much about football and the English league and to them, it was all chickens. They didn't know that this league is tough and not just skinny chickens and neither did they know that they had to put serious money if they want success. Sadly the Blackburn fans had failed to see this either and blamed Steve Keane for the club's demise.
To Blackburn fans i hate to be rude to you, but the Venkys are not Jack Walker, and actually you deserve Sam Aladyce with his kick and run backward football.
I hope an Arab buys Blackburn club and restores Steve Keane as a manager and you will see the difference. The Arabs will take their time and will not do half cooked CHICKENS. Good luck to you with your Venkys.
he was forced out by some idiot supporters who made is life hell hope you'r proud of yourselves
You've got to give the guy some credit. With the abuse he suffered throughout his time at Blackburn, many other managers would have walked away long ago. Maybe the fans can have a whip-round and buy the league again??
You kinda doubt it, somehow.
A good decision, not only for himself but for his family as well, shows the character of the man who put up with so much crap for so long for the love of the game.
I hope things work out for him and he gets another job in football, with a club who needs this kind of character.
he sure proved he had balls,,,,,, and he proved Blackburn fans are crap and they deserve nowt
sorry he did not do better he deserved success he has grit that man
Football fans follow their teams and have expectations.
But they do not have the ability to manage a team.
If a team will not give their all "and play for each other and the team" their is nothing a Manager can do about it.
A prime example of this is the England team who were ultimately successful with Ramsey.
But after the World cup nobody wanted to be so committed, and as good as he was, the Manager who won England the World cup by teaching his team the best way to win, was Sacked.
That was before footballers become football whores.
Footballers who are more interested in money and the High Life than the profession which got them in that position in the first place.