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Kean plans to stay at Rovers

SoccerNews in English Premier League 22 Apr 2011

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Steve Kean has insisted he will not quit as Blackburn manager, despite speculation surrounding his future.

Since Kean took over the club, Rovers have dropped down the table and are now just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Kean has been criticised in the press for his lack of experience but insists he will remain in charge.

“Do I think about quitting? Not for a day, not for a second. It just makes me more determined to go out and win,” Kean said.

“I think the criticism has been harsh. There was little written or said when we got a point at Arsenal.”

“Then the whole world is going to end because we have drawn a game at home to Birmingham.”

“It has been difficult to take. It’s in your face all the time and even the local paper is negative.”

“The lads don’t like it. David Dunn and Phil Jones are from around here and they feel it is harsh.”

“I can understand the frustration of the fans. We are sharing it too. But we are going to use it and harness it in our favour.”

“There have been too many draws but it is very fine margins and we have more points away from home than we did last season.”

“The flak goes with the job. You have to have broad shoulders and hopefully the fans will see we mean business from the first whistle.”

Forward Junior Hoilett should be back after recovering from a hamstring strain which kept him out of last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Everton.

Kean said the 20-year-old has been a revelation during his time in charge.

“He’s exploded onto the scene this season with dazzling performances at times,” Kean said.

“We are going to sit down and talk with him about his future – but I mentioned to the directors and the owners of the importance not to take the focus away from the games and his performances.”

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