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Someone should put Steve Kean out of his misery at Blackburn

Graham Fisher in Editorial, English Premier League 17 Apr 2011



I can’t not mention Manchester City’s win against Manchester United, so well done to City. I fear their celebrations might come back to haunt them though as they celebrated like they had won the Champions League. Nobody wins a trophy for winning a semi-final and I can’t help feeling it was all a bit over the top. Having said that, it was a huge win and they now have a great chance to win the silverware that their expenditure should bring. I am happy for Roberto Mancini and just hope that he finds someone to play in the final instead of Balotelli. What a knob he is!


Anyway, today I want to talk about Blackburn Rovers. Another defeat yesterday, 2-0 at Everton, leaves them just two points above the drop zone. They haven’t won a game since January and still face games against Manchester City and Manchester United in their last five fixtures. They are in big trouble although it is difficult to see where, certainly West Ham and Blackpool, are going to get the points to overtake them.

The decision to sack Sam Allardyce and replace him with Steve Kean was ridiculed throughout the football world. Absolutely everyone, other than the ridiculous Blackburn owners, knew that it was a very silly decision. When Keane started talking about Blackburn being a top six team, we all wondered just what substances he was taking.

Kean back-tracked a little and said that Blackburn were a top half team. He was clearly still taking something he shouldn’t.


Now, after ten games without a win and another abject performance, Kean talks about the fact that he has not lost his self belief. He said there were many positives to come out of the game.

“I thought there were massive positives for us in the first half so we’re disappointed by the manner of the goals we’ve conceded. But we’ll move on. Our away statistics aren’t great but our belief is not shattered. Our team spirit has been called upon but we’ve got that in abundance.”

This abundance of spirit has seen them fail to win a game in ten. I have no idea what his self belief is based on. In this game they managed just three attempts at goal and I have no idea what positives Kean can be talking about. He has three wins from sixteen games and in that time his side have scored just eighteen goals.


Because of the lack of quality at the bottom of the table, Blackburn might just about survive. In some ways I think that would be a shame. It would be great for owners around the Premier League to see the disastrous effects of some of their ludicrous decisions.

I have never met Steve Kean and he might be a really decent bloke for all I know. What I do know is that he is totally out of his depth as a Premier League manager and game by game, press interview by press interview, he is making himself unemployable when he is inevitably sacked from his current role.


I sort of wish that someone would put him out of his misery. Having said that, he seems to be so deluded that he thinks he is doing and is capable of doing a good job. He is not fit, as a manager, to tie Sam Allardyce’s boot laces.

Was that all a bit harsh? I’m sorry, I just needed to get it off my chest!


Graham Fisher



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David Nugent
12 years ago

Graham you are spot on with analysis. I don’t know what possessed Blackburn’s owners to sack Allardyce and appoint this guy.

He is so out of his depth it is unbelievable. You wasn’t harsh at all.

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