Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Thursday October 20 2011
Rovers striker Yakubu has thrown his weight (insert joke here) behind Steve Kean and insists the players are fully behind climbing back up the league table... and helping the manager in the process.
With another protest planned for the Sunday game with Spurs aimed at ridding the club of Kean it may come as some relief to the boss that he does have some support.
Yakubu told the BBC - 'We just have to stick together and do our job. In the end those fans will be with us again.'
'The protests do affect some players but I just concentrate on doing my job. There is always pressure when the team is not doing well.
'But the pressure isn't on the team when you're losing, it is always going to be put on the manager.
'All the players are behind Steve Kean. When he talks to us in training, we are impressed. It's our job to go out there and win - and that's all we focus on.
'We got a good draw against QPR last week and we will take that into our game against Tottenham.
'If fans stick together with us, we will be fine.'
Yakubu also highlighted the role played by Kean and the Rao family in bringing the Nigerian to Ewood Park and highlighted the youthful exuberance of the side.
Yak continued - 'Steve Kean and the owners are big influences on me. Without them, I wouldn't have come here.
'We have a young team with quality players. It's just about being patient.
'People should give Kean a chance to do his work and we will be fine.
'I know it's hard when you don't win games and the pressure is on the manager - that's normal. For me as a striker, if I don't score goals I'm under pressure. If we don't keep clean sheets, there's a pressure. In this game, there's always pressure.
'But we just want to go into this game at the weekend giving our best to get the three points we need.'
Date:Thursday October 20 2011
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