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Steve Kean Excuse - Week 53

==Defensive injuries==

Steve Kean has this morning listed injuries as the factual reason for the number of goals conceded and the run of winless games under his tenure.

So let's take a look at his record with the teams he had available shall we?

18/12/2010 - Blackburn Rovers vs West Ham United

1-1 Draw - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Givet, Nelsen, Samba (c) (sub Jones 57 mins (sub Hanley 67 mins)), Salgado, Dunn, Pedersen, Emerton, EH Diouf, MB Diouf, Roberts (sub Benjani 10 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Olsson, Kalinic, Hoilett.

In a squad that includes 8 defenders who can play in defensive positions on the backline. One goal conceded.

Phil Jones sustains long-term injury.

26/12/2010 - Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City

0-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Hanley, Nelsen (c), Givet, Salgado, Dunn (sub Hoilett 65 mins), Emerton, Pedersen, Olsson, Kalinic, MB Diouf.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), EH Diouf, Linganzi, Doran, Benjani, Morris.

In a squad that includes 6 1st team defenders who can play in defensive positions on the backline. As well as 1 reserve defender. Two goals conceded.

01/01/2011 - Sunderland vs Blackburn Rovers

0-3 Defeat - 3 goals conceded

ROVERS: Bunn, Hanley (sub Benjani 46 mins), Nelsen (c), Givet, Olsson, Hoilett (sub Morris 78 mins), Emerton, Dunn (sub Goulon 86 mins), Pedersen, EH Diouf, MB Diouf.

Subs not used: Fielding (GK), Linganzi, Doran, Lowe.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play in defensive positions on the backline. As well as 1 reserve defender. 3 goals conceded.

15/01/2011 - Chelsea vs Blackburn Rovers

0-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c), Nelsen, Givet, MB Diouf, Dunn (sub Lowe 24 mins), Pedersen, Olsson, Hoilett (sub Roberts 68 mins), Kalinic (sub Santa Cruz 46 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn, EH Diouf, Benjani, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play defensive positions on the backline. 2 goals conceded

29/01/2011 - Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers

1-3 Defeat - 3 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c), Hanley, Olsson, Hoilett, Nzonzi, Andrews (sub Grella 70 mins), Pedersen, Roque Santa Cruz (sub Kalinic 11 mins), Roberts (sub Benjani 85 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Jones, EH Diouf, Lowe.

In a squad that includes 6 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 3 goals conceded.

02/02/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Tottenham Hotspur

0-1 Defeat - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c), Nelsen, Olsson, J. Jones (sub Nzonzi 64 mins), Andrews, Dunn (sub Pedersen 67 mins), Hoilett, MB Diouf (sub Benjani 82 mins), Roberts.

Subs not used: Bunn, Kalinic, Grella, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goals conceded.

05/02/2011 - Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers

3-4 Defeat - 4 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Jones (sub Nzonzi 79 mins), Olsson, Samba, Nelsen, Emerton (sub Dunn 61 mins), Pedersen, Benjani (sub Diouf 61 mins), Hoilett, Salgado, Roberts.

Subs: Bunn (GK), Grella, Andrews, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 4 goals conceded.

26/02/2011 - Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers

1-4 Defeat - 4 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Hanley, Nelsen (c), Olsson, Emerton, Jones, Grella (sub Roberts 63 mins), Andrews (sub Nzonzi 79 mins), Pedersen, Santa Cruz (sub Kalinic 63 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn, Givet, Benjani, MB Diouf.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 4 goals conceded.

05/03/2011 - Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers

2-3 Defeat - 3 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado (sub Emerton 90 mins), Samba (c), Hanley, Givet (sub Pedersen 77 mins), Hoilett (sub Rochina 82 mins), J. Jones, Nzonzi, Olsson, Roberts, MB Diouf.

Subs not used: Bunn, Kalinic, Andrews, Santa Cruz.

In a squad that includes 6 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 3 goals conceded.

19/03/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Blackpool

2-2 Draw - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c), Nelsen, Olsson, Emerton (sub P. Jones 59 mins), Nzonzi (sub Roberts 72 mins), J. Jones, Hoilett, Santa Cruz, Diouf (sub Pedersen 79 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Kalinic, Rochina, Benjani.

In a squad that includes 6 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 2 goals conceded.

09/04/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Birmingham City

1-1 Draw - 1 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c), Nelsen (sub Roberts 35 mins), Olsson, Hoilett (sub Emerton 69 mins), J. Jones, P. Jones, Pedersen, Dunn, Santa Cruz (sub Benjani 63 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Rochina, Hanley, Diouf.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goal conceded.

16/04/2011 - Everton vs Blackburn Rovers

0-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, P. Jones, Samba (c), Givet (sub Pedersen 68 mins), Emerton, Dunn, J. Jones, Olsson, Rochina (sub Benjani 81 mins), Santa Cruz (sub Roberts 61 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Kalinic, Hanley, Diouf.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 2 goals conceded.

25/04/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City

0-1 Defeat - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c), P. Jones, Givet (sub Diouf 85 mins), Emerton, Dunn (sub Rochina 63 mins), J. Jones, Olsson, Benjani (sub Kalinic 70 mins), Roberts.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Formica, Pedersen, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goal conceded.

07/05/2011 - West Ham United vs Blackburn Rovers

1-1 Draw - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Emerton, Samba (c), Givet, Olsson, Hoilett (sub Andrews 69 mins), Nzonzi, J, Jones, Pedersen, Diouf (sub Formica 94 mins), Roberts (sub Santa Cruz 69 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Rochina, Benjani, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goal conceded.

14/05/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester United

1-1 Draw - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c) (sub Andrews 78 mins), P. Jones, Givet, Emerton, J. Jones (sub Dunn 74 mins), Nzonzi, Olsson, Hoilett (sub Pedersen 58 mins), Roberts.

Subs: Bunn (GK), Kalinic, Santa Cruz, Benjani.

In a squad that includes 6 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goal conceded.



~~SUMMER TRANSFER WINDOW TAKES PLACE~~~

Sales:

Zurab Khizanishvili - former 1st teamer allowed to leave on free transfer

Phil Jones - key 1st team defender allowed to depart for Manchester United

Purchases:

yles Anderson - Footballing agent's son - played one game for Scottish SPL team Aberdeen in his spell there - has not played for the 1st team this season

Bruno Ribeiro - Signed on a 3 year deal - has not played for 1st team this season

Scott Dann - Main replacement for Phil Jones and most expensive signing of the summer

13/08/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson (c), Salgado, Olsson, Emerton (sub Rochina 46 mins), Dunn, Formica (sub Blackman 84 mins), Pedersen (sub Goodwillie 72 mins), Nzonzi, Hoilett, Roberts, Hanley.

Subs: not used Bunn (GK), Bruno, Anderson, Henley.

In a squad that includes 4 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. As well as 1 Reserve player. 2 goals conceded.

20/08/2011 - Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers

1-3 Defeat - 3 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Olsson, Nelsen (c), Dunn, Pedersen (sub Petrovic 75 mins), Nzonzi, Hoilett, Goodwillie, Roberts (sub Formica 75 mins), Hanley.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Rochina, Blackman, Ribeiro, Lowe.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. As well as 1 Reserve player. 3 goals conceded.

27/08/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Everton

0-1 Defeat - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Emerton (c), Nzonzi, Dunn (sub Formica 35 mins), Pedersen (sub Petrovic 35 mins), Hoilett, Roberts (sub Goodwillie 72 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Rochina, Hanley, Lowe.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goal conceded.



~~ Please note that at this point long-standing utility player Brett Emerton was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer. A player who spent a large portion of his time under Mark Hughes (manager) playing at Right Back. The player has also played at CB in occasions at the club. No replacement was purchased for him during the summer transfer window and his experience has been missed in the team since his departure. ~~~

11/09/2011 - Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers

1-1 Draw - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (sub Olsson 46 mins), Dann, Givet, Rochina (sub Lowe 70 mins), Dunn (c) (sub Petrovic 52 mins), Nzonzi, Hoilett, Formica, Goodwillie.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Yakubu, Vukcevic, Roberts.

In a squad that includes 6 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goal conceded.

24/09/2011 - Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers

1-3 Defeat - 3 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c), Dann (sub Rochina 63 mins), Givet, Hoilett, Lowe, Nzonzi, Olsson, Formica (sub Roberts 64 mins), Yakubu (sub Grella 79 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Petrovic, Vukcevic, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 3 goals conceded.

01/10/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City

0-4 Defeat - 4 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba (c), Dann, Givet, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu, Goodwillie (sub Formica 61 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Slew, Rochina, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 4 goals conceded.

15/10/2011 - QPR vs Blackburn Rovers

1-1 Draw - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Olsson, Samba (c), Givet, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Dann, Hoilett, Roberts (sub Goodwillie 68 mins), Lowe.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Formica, Rochina, Yakubu, Vukcevic, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 7 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goal conceded.

23/10/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Vukcevic (sub Rochina 70 mins), Pedersen, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Formica (sub Yakubu 70 mins), Roberts (sub Goodwillie 82 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn, Petrovic, Slew, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 2 goals conceded.

29/10/2011 - Norwich vs Blackburn Rovers

ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba (c), Givet, Olsson, Rochina (sub Dunn 70 mins), Nzonzi, Pedersen, Hoilett (sub Petrovic 81 mins), Formica, Yakubu (sub Goodwillie 70 mins).

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 3 goals conceded.

05/11/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Chelsea

0-1 Defeat - 1 goal conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba (c) (sub Hanley 45 mins), Givet, Olsson, Rochina (sub Dunn 72 mins), Nzonzi, Pedersen, Hoilett, Formica, Yakubu.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Petrovic, Blackman, Goodwillie, Vukcevic.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 1 goal conceded.

19/11/2011 - Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers

3-3 Draw - 3 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson (c), Salgado (sub Henley 46 mins), Hanley, Dann, Givet (sub Roberts 90 mins), Rochina (sub Formica 84 mins), Nzonzi, Pedersen, Hoilett, Dunn, Yakubu.

Subs: Bunn (GK), Petrovic, Blackman, Goodwillie.

In a squad that includes 4 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. As well as 1 Reserve defender. 3 goals conceded.

26/11/2011 - Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers

1-3 Defeat - 3 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson (c), Lowe, Hanley, Dann, Givet, Rochina, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Hoilett, Formica (sub Roberts 68 mins), Yakubu.

Subs: Bunn, Petrovic, Blackman, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Henley.

In a squad that includes 5 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. 3 goals conceded.

29/11/2011 - Cardiff City vs Blackburn Rovers

0-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Bunn, Lowe, Hanley, Dann, Givet, Petrovic (sub Rochina 71 mins), Dunn (c), Pedersen, Formica, Blackman (sub Roberts 80 mins), Goodwillie (sub Yakubu 80 mins).

Subs: Robinson, Vukcevic, Anderson, Henley

In a squad that includes 4 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. As well as 1 Reserve defender. 2 goals conceded against lower league opposition.

11/12/2011 - Sunderland vs Blackburn Rovers

1-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba (c), Dann, Givet (sub Olsson 22 mins (sub Henley 46 mins)), Salgado (sub Hanley 51 mins), Dunn, Pedersen, Vukcevic, Formica, Yakubu.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Blackman, Goodwillie, Roberts.

In the starting match day squad that includes 6 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. As well as 1 Reserve defender.

- Please note that Gael Givet at this point was laid off for several weeks with heart issues that requires surgery. A complaint it was reported he was was complaining about before the match kicked off.

- Please also note that for this match Martin Olsson was returning from injury and was reported not to be fully fit.

- Please further note that Michel Salgado was withdrawn from this match at half time due to a chest injury

Regardless. With these two players sitting out the match day squad and subsequently recovering quicker with treatment for future matches. As well as Michel Salgado's withdrawing at half time. 4 1st team defenders who can play along the backline were still available for playing. As well as 1 Reserve defender. 2 goals conceded.

17/12/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs West Bromwich Albion

1-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba (c), Dann, Pedersen, Rochina (Goodwillie 79), Nzonzi, Dunn (Hanley 62), Vukcevic (Roberts 62), Formica, Yakubu.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Henley, Petrovic, Blackman.

In a squad that includes 4 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. As well as 1 Reserve defender. 2 goals conceded.

~~~ Please note that at this point Blackburn Rovers defender Michel Salgado announced that he had been told he could find a new club in January as the club could not afford to pay his future contract apon renewel after 9 more games. The player himself was fully match fit to take part in matches.

Salgado has revealed:

"I want the fans to know all I want to do is help the team and help Blackburn survive in the Premier League, but the owners and manager aren't allowing me to do this.

'I'm fit to play but I have been given five days off instead." ~~~

20/12/2011 - Blackburn Rovers vs Bolton Wanderers

1-2 Defeat - 2 goals conceded

ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba (c), Hanley, Pedersen, Vukcevic (Rochina 65), Nzonzi, Dunn, Formica (Goodwillie 65), Hoilett, Yakubu.

Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Henley, Petrovic, Blackman, Roberts.

In a squad that includes 3 1st team defenders who can play on the backline. As well as 1 Reserve defender. 2 goals conceded.

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==The 'Facts'==

On 22 December 2011, Steve Kean revealed to the press:

"We don`t have Martin Olsson or Gael Givet or Scott Dann or Ryan Nelsen, so we have a make shift back four and can`t manage to get a clean sheet.

"Having said that I thought Morten Pedersen, playing just his second game at left back, did well and battled away. Jason Lowe is a midfield player playing at right back.

"If we had all the other lads fit they would not be playing there but we are giving it a good go. If we can get these lads back we will always score but we have just not had the chance to put our attack-ing unit with our defending unit.

"I can keep saying it as long as they are injured. It is unusual to have two injuries that Dave Fevre, who has been a physio for 30 years, has not seen before.

"I`ll go through this because if all my defenders were playing and were not getting clean sheets I`d be worried. I haven`t managed to put a back unit together.

"I don`t take it well you saying 'how long can I keep saying this`. Because it is unusual to have four players out in one position and that is the position we are in at the moment.

"It`s not an excuse it is a fact."

The defiant Kean was also adamant he would not allow fan power drive him out of Ewood Park, despite mounting calls for him to quit.

He said: "That is our job. When you win people will say that was amazing and when you lose there are people not happy. I understand that and it is part and parcel of your job.

"The strength comes from a belief that when I get my group of players fit I can win games. If I didn`t believe that it would be different. I honestly believe if we could get some of the experie-nced players fit it would be very different.

"I hope I can win the fans round and you do that by winning games.' {Courtesy of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph}

==The TRUE Facts==

Please note results last season with a fully fit squad which reflect results this season even with injuries.

Steve Kean has stated that we would be doing better with the likes of Givet, Olsson, Dann and Nelsen match-fit. However in Premier League performances against the likes of Manchester City and Newcastle United this season, in which we conceded multiple goals with a near enough fully fit squad (only Martin Olsson & Michel Salgado missing for Manchester City game) we have shown under the current manager that we will concede multiple goals.

Ryan Nelsen has been struggling with a long-term injury since the begining of the season. Only in recent games have we missed the likes of Scott Dann and Martin Olsson.

Michel Salgado and Brett Emerton's departures from the club are a decision that was taken with the full understanding of the manager outside transfer windows.

I do not believe he should be allowed to use Defensive limitations through injury as a excuse for poor results. After all, looking at last seasons results, especially in the period from the end of January until the end of April. The team went on a winless run of 11 games with a full selection of defenders baring 1 or 2 injuries which have to be taken into account during a Premier League season.

In fact in Steve Kean's role as manager last season, during the 23 games he managed, 35 goals were conceded, only 22 points were achieved out of a possible total of 63 with just 5 games being won in over half a season!

This season his record has spiralled out of control.

With avoidable injury problems most recently, the removal of players from the team outside of the transfer window and excuses coming from the manager that just don't add up.

Blackburn Rovers have slumped to the bottom of the Premier League table. With difficulat away games against Liverpool and Manchester United coming. Rovers are currently 5 points off the exit of the relegation zone, and could potentially be 11 points off the exit of the relegation zone in 2 games time.

The record of only one team escaping the bottom of the relegation zone during the season having being there at Christmas is destressing enough.

The season before last, a team who comfortably finished 12 the season before last under Sam Allardyce with a considerably weaker squad has slumped to the bottom of the table.

Earlier in the season Steve Kean announced that a top 10 finish was expected. Only for the slump to worsen, resulting in the manager sarcastically laughing off the possibility of relegation.

Now with relegation a real certainty, and money issues threatening the very existence of the club. What does the manager have to say?

"I hope I can win the fans round and you do that by winning games."

With a Premier League record as manager of 38 games managed, 7 won, 11 drawn and 20 lost. Where does he expect those wins to come from.

The fact that no credible winning streak has ever been experienced under this manager, is bad enough, but when you take into consideration that this team needs at least 8 wins out of it's remaining 21 games. A figure that is more then Kean has achieved as manager in 38 games. Maybe you might start to wonder why Blackburn Rovers fans have been taking matters into there own hands as far as protests are concerned.

==What fans of other clubs think==

In the last few days i have been looking for opinions of fans of other clubs for a impartial take on the current situation. This i have done by viewing other messageboard's and website comment sections.

None of which i believe are better expressed as those on Teamtalk.com

rs7 (Liverpool): I really feel for your club at the moment. After the joke of H&G at Liverpool, I hate seeing owners basically ruin clubs. It's going to be tougher to stay up if you lose Samba in January as well.

law76 (West Ham United): I'm sorry to see what's happening to you lot, we were given hope last Jan that O'Neill was taking over to be let down. I pray that you do not end up getting Avram Grant if Kean goes (I don't know with your chairmen!) I think lots of you will top yourself!! Good Luck.

cornish nick (West Bromwich Albion): OK Guys! So it looks like your going to be bottom at Christmas.That actually might be a good thing for a couple of reasons.Firstly it will surely make the owners look at getting a new manager now ASAP and secondly, this so called curse of being bottom at Christmas equals relegation can be beaten as we did it and its probably time for aother club to do it too.The other thing thought is I really believe a huge part of our 'Great Escape' was down to how the club and fans worked together.As fans we took the awful situation on the chin and supported the team and new manager throughout every game whatever the result.We took our full allocation of away tickets for every game and the club and its main sponsor really got on board with the situation, they paid for the transport to a lot of the away games and even hired a Steve McQueen Lookalike complete with motorbike to lead the convoy of coaches to away games...Our ground was turned into Stalag 13 complete with prison guards (very tasty girls in reality) and the clubs sponsors(T Mobile) even got POW ration boxes to be handed out at games (they contained giant blow up hands and sweets)...And come the end of the season with a game to go we were still bottom BUT the fans stayed true to the team...that game was at Home to Pompey and if we did win and stay up it would mean that Southampton would get relegated.I've never ever seen a packed away end chant 'let em score' before LOL. When we went 2 up and the other results made it look like we were going to be safe the Pompey fans went bonkers cheering for us as well and at the final whistle in appreciation of their support the Albion fans to a man ran on the pitch to the Pompey end and sang 'Play up Pompey'.It turned out to be one of the greatest seasons I've witnessed in over 30 years..I guess the moral to all this is Keep the faith as its now they need your support the most

sess (Sunderland): Feel for you's lads. We have had the same with SB at the SOL and it's going to take some time to recover! What would most fans give for the stability of Big Sam now???? All the best.

harry (Tottenham Hotspur): I'd be surprised if any manager would come in, and work with your owners, they decisions since they bought you, just don't add up.

remember1972 (Stoke City): Hi lads and lasses,feel for you lot at the mo; About a year ago ,I posted on your board my reservations concerning your take-over by the Venkey`s. I stated that these new foreign owners had no experience in running a football club and more importantly no affinity with the 'English' culture,passion and heritage surrounding one of the founder members of the league. Whilst I wasn`t put-down, I was informed by some posters that I was wrong and these new owners were going to take you to the next level! Well twelve months on,and these same owners have virtually decimated a well run stable mid-table premiership club;just like Portsmouth before you; and probably other clubs in the future... As for Steve Kean, he won`t resign,beacause,let`s be honest, who is going to employ him after? .He was just a convenient yes man at the time who tried to take his chance... Hope it works out,you never know,keep the faith,because the core fans of clubs such as yours keep the English game as the best in world.

colonel14' (Arsenal): Hey guys. I can't help but feel sadened by the current state of affairs at your club. God only knows how this muppet of a manager is still in charge. ..

liam_c (Liverpool): Don't know how some people can judge Blackburn fans for not supporting Kean. Any set of fans in your situation would react the same if some clueless owners hired an equally clueless manager who will inevitably leave the club doomed for relegation.

violentk (Newcastle United): To LMA, Owen, Arry, AVB, Coyle, Media and many others who do not care about Blackburn. Why not pause and think before criticizing the Blackburn supporters. Those who protest love Blackburn much more than you lots do. If Blackburn is not your club, then shut up and leave it to their local community. Did the regime care or listen to them? Protest is their only channel to communicate. Remember this was a 'challenge' from Kean himself to the 'minority', now it isn't so minority anymore, is it? Is Kean even a blackburn fan? Why is he not resigning? He had his chance, 37 games. He failed his own performance indicator, 4 points from 6 winnable games, top 6, top 10, will not relegate, last massive game. There are no more stats that favors him, there are no more excuses. He gave the same recorded speech on post match interviews and avoid admitting he is not good enough. The fans don't want him. Why is he still here? Because he thinks fans are not important at all! It is all about Venky's and himself. You can't blame those who speculate that he is holding for the pay cheque.

==Big Support==

Even more well known representatives have come out with support in favour of Steve Kean getting the sack.

Former Rovers Striker Kevin Gallacher;

To me, it's now becoming untenable,' said the Scot.

'At this moment in time, the club is going into the abyss. There's a fear factor about what's going to happen to the club. I'm very worried about it.'

{Courtesy of the Daily Mirror}

Former Rovers winger Craig Hignett;

[Kean's] results suggest that he should be sacked. Managers have been sacked - Steve Bruce being a prime example at Sunderland - whose records are better than Steve Kean`s. I think he has had a full season of games so results would say that he should expect the sack.

"If I was a manager and results and performances had gone like that I would expect the sack. I am sure that privately he must think it is not far away unless he knows something we don`t know about Venky`s.'

{Courtesy of the Goal.com}

Former Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage;

Get rid of the [Blackburn] manager, simple as that,' he told BBC Radio 5 live. 'Win, lose or draw, get rid of him.

'The fans aren't enjoying watching them, it is a bad atmosphere around the club - it is not the same club.

'The guy is inexperienced at that level and Blackburn are rubbish.'

{Courtesy of the Voy.com}

Football pundit Paul Merson;

if Steve Kean loses this (Bolton Wanderers) I don't think he'll still be there on Boxing Day'

{Courtesy of the Sky Sports.com}

As well as the above. Seeminly the Lancashire Evening Telegraph are calling for Kean to get the sack with a issue of the paper earlier this week calling for the manager to get the sack.

Add to this the Soccer Saturday panel after the weekend match, presenters of Sports Tonight Live and just about every sporting media outlet i have viewed over the last few days.

When will it end? Will it ever end? Will we still have a football club next season, let alone a Premier League football club!?

All questions that Blackburn Rovers supporters would love the answers to?

God knows we aren't getting any intelligent communication from the club, or communication at all from India!?

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Date:Thursday December 22 2011

Time: 2:48PM

Your Comments

Perhaps you should send this to the LMA.... or to the crowing managers that are coming out to support Kean, because if he gets the sack the betting of them having three points in the bag when they face us won't be as favourable under an experienced manager.
blarty
bloody hell Tombo i think you presented a big case for the prosecution there mate
ewoodeagle
Excellent piece. Get it out to the media. It's about time some of them grew the balls to take Kean to task on his excuses and the fact that they can't be backed up
clitheroerover
Some top research there Tombo. It's clear that Kean is just a complete Liar. It really doesnt matter which defenders he has available, he can't organise them effectively.
*Dave*
Epic piece Tombo! Nice one!!
Mikey Delap
Dead on Tombo. We had a pretty much fully fit squad at the start of the season and couldn't pick up anything then either. It's nowt to do with injuries alas. Oh if only it was that simple.
rossp2112
This is a strong and thorough article, well done. The injuries aren't the problem - the squad is the problem. We have two fullbacks sitting on the bench who are too inept to make the team in their own positions ahead of a pair of midfielders. Why didn't we sign some fullbacks capable of making the side? We also had Henley on the bench who I think looks promising and is surely a better option at left back than Pedersen. If you ask me Kean was probably simply too weak to drop Dunny or Pedersen to the bench after Nzonzi's return from suspension.
blackburndrover
Kudos for the effort here Tombo, talk about exposing Kean for what he is...a deluded compulsive liar. Wouldn't it be great if the press would print this. I'm getting sick of hearing other managers bleat on about "poor Steve Kean" it's pathetic the way they stick up for him with his record. Any of them would have been sacked way before now.
Rye_of_the_Rovers
Offered it to Andy Cryer at the LET and he didn't so much as reply to my tweet. Rung LET to see if they were interested in it, and the guy i spoke to said he would read it, and low and behold didn't get back to me?
Tombo1984
If it's any consolation Tombo we have a joint statement between all Rovers fan websites coming up that Cryer has said he'll do something with just after boxing day. That'll crank it up a notch hopefully...
Mikey Delap
I had heard. Was a fantastic idea!
Tombo1984
 

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