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LMA Issue Response To Fan Protests

LMA Issue Response To Fan Protests

The LMA has issued the following statement in relation to Blackburn Rovers and their manager, Steve Kean.

It is very sad to witness the continued demonstrations by Rovers fans towards their manager. Blackburn Rovers is one of the country's oldest clubs, it was a founding member of the Football League, and is rightly proud of its long-standing history and tradition. It has been and continues to be a central part of a close-knit Lancastrian community. However, owners of clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, rely on the support and relationships they build with their fans and their local community. As new owners, the Venky's should build relationships, develop trust with their fans and communicate their vision on a regular basis in an open and visible way.

During this period, Steve Kean, their appointed manager, has had to endure a significant injury list. When results continue to be bad on the field, fans who give up their hard-earned money to support their club have a right to voice their opinion. However, the aggression and abuse levelled at Steve over recent weeks has stepped well beyond the mark and is as unacceptable in football as it would be in any other profession. It is to Steve's significant credit that he has shouldered this continued onslaught with dignity and professionalism and has continued to work with his players to try and improve results on the pitch.


I must say, I do find it curious that the LMA should come out with such a bold statement in favour of Steve Kean.

Once again i find myself having to reiterate that these protests are not just based around those particular games.

They are on the bases of the period since Steve Kean took over as manager in which we have won 7 games in 38 matches. The lowest return in top flight football in the last 12 months.

It is also worth noting that the LMA did not issue any similar response to abuse received by Roy Hodgson at Liverpool and most recently West Bromwich Albion in the last few weeks, Steve Bruce at Sunderland before he was sacked and abuse aimed at Mike Ashley (would have disrupted the team) in a very long period previous to Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League years back.

Steve Kean and Venkys have not attempted to communicate with the fans or fan representatives. They have negated on two promises to meet fan representatives. One of which was promised by Kean himself in the Sky Sports Studio Live.

Blackburn Rovers fans do not want Steve Kean in any position at the club, we do not have any confidence in him as manager and for as long as Kean stays manager, fans will continue to stay away from the stadium and fans will continue to protest against him and his reign in control of the club.

Blackburn Rovers fans are not the only group protesting against the role of Steve Kean as manager. Tony Parkes (former assistant and Caretaker Manager), Craig Hignett (former player), Robbie Savage (former play and fans fav), Simon Garner (Blackburn Rovers legend) and Kevin Gallagher (former player) to name a few have come out in favour of a managerial change.

The only people to back him as manager are his fellow managers in the league, the LMA and a choice selection of players at the club.

However fans protesting yesterday were reported to be in hearing distance of negative words directed in regard to the manager from the players.

A picture is also viewable online in which 2 1st team players were seen to be clapping protestors holding up a banner.

We will continue to protest at the best of our ability until a management change is made.

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Date:Wednesday December 21 2011
Time: 5:13PM


First paragraph of the statement says it all. proud, history, tradition, close knit, relationships, trust, communicate, open, visible. How can they say all that and then question the protests. The defence hasn't been injured all year, didn't we buy 2 defenders in the summer? Its all smoke and mirrors, kean is out of his depth, Venky's have decimated the club infrastructure and we are now staring at relegation. What else are fans to do but protest. If there was a plan or strategy in place to get us out of this almighty mess I am sure most fans would be behind it. Instead of critisising the fans, the LMA should be looking at the lack of support from the club for its manager. If they truly beleive he is the man for the job as they say, they are not helping him are they? Fans are aruing amongst themselves and the atmosphere on the ground is appaling. You wouldn't believe how it has changed since Venkys arrived unless you have witnessed it. Redknapp and all the cronies at the LMA can say what they want, unless they were there on a cold Tuesday evening in December to witness the ineptitude against what was the worst team in the division they really should stay out of it.
21/12/2011 20:11:00
Apologies for the spelling mistakes.
21/12/2011 20:16:00
Supporters of any Club are allowed to voice their opinions at aim as its they who provide the finances to allow the Owners to squander it as they see fit
Tiny T
21/12/2011 20:44:00
Personally I think it is shameful the way Kean is being treated by us (the fans), nobody deserves this sort of hatred. Yes he is a bad manager and yes he deserves to be sacked (and has done for a long time), but the demonstrations and abuse are out of hand. Having said that the LMA and other managers need to understand that the abuse is being landed on Kean because we have no direct line to Venky's so Kean is landed with our frustrations and anger at the way our club is being systematically destroyed whilst we are told nothing...or worse lies! Kean is being hung out to dry by Venky's and we are falling for it. The one thing that is bothering me more than anything though is the abuse during the matches. It is a disgrace. The team are struggling and have no confidence and all we can do is boo and chant about Kean. Yes there is an occasional patch of cheering and singing but usually drowned out by the boo boys. For the love of god back the team, sing your hearts out for them for 90 minutes and then at the end of the game demonstrate against the owners and manager. And yes I am a real Rovers fan, have a season ticket and have been a fan for over 35 years so this is hurting me as much as the rest of you! COYB!
22/12/2011 09:49:00
Interesting that as Tombo says, there have been no statements released for others. it's worth noting that the lma issue a similar thing when we had Ince in charge. My guess is the LMA dont like us very much.
22/12/2011 09:58:00
They are an organisation though with very little power however and it seems strange they choose now to throw their weight about!!
Mikey Delap
22/12/2011 10:38:00
22/12/2011 10:43:00
It is quite clear that regardless of results, S Kean's position as manager is now untenable for the simple reason that whilst the supporters who still attend matches clearly support the team, they will never support the manager. The unrest that peculates from the stands to the pitch has undoubtedly an effect on the teams performance. The owners must realise this and must take action now to enable his successor time to rebuild a squad capable of promotion as I firmly believe that we are to far adrift already. We cannot make the owners sell without destroying the club, only try to make them see sense. The only way is up!
22/12/2011 12:20:00
Hard to properly comment on this but from the furore it would appear that the line separating protest and straight up abuse has been crossed. It probably doesn't help our case, protests should focus on poor managerial record and lack of leadership at the club. Leaning over the railings to shout "you bald Scottish c***" does the club no favours.
23/12/2011 08:28:00
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