Blackburn boss Steve Kean insists he has not had an ultimatum from club owner’s Venkys that his job is under threat going into their crucial game against Bolton on Tuesday as Paddy Power report free bets on the Steve Keane sackrace betting.
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Blackburn have endured a horrendous start to the season and currently sit second from bottom, just one point clear of bottom-of the-table Bolton, whose own manager Owen Coyle is coming under increasing pressure after the Trotters picked up just nine points from their first 16 games.
Kean has faced calls for him to leave Ewood Park from fans and local media ahead of the vital game against Coyle’s side on Wednesday, but the Scot remains defiant in the face of the criticism he has faced.
“We spoke for 45 minutes and had a good conversation. We were looking forward to the transfer window opening.” Kean said when asked if he spoke to the club owner’s about his job.
“You have to handle it, it’s part of the job.” He added. “When you win games and get pats on the back, you take that with a pinch of salt. When you lose one, you just have to prepare for the next one.
“I’m not trying to pretend I don’t understand the magnitude of this game but, when I go into the changing room and get out on the training ground, players are behind what were trying to do.
“I’d ask the fans to stick with us for a game as important as this. When we scored [against West Brom] they were with us when the momentum changed. We had a late goal against us and we’re all disappointed but, if they can stick with us, it can make a massive difference.”
“We spoke for 45 minutes and had a good conversation. We were looking forward to the transfer window opening.”
Kean suffered a major blow ahead of the game after it was revealed defender Scott Dann would be out for six weeks with a ruptured testicle in the process of scoring against West Brom which proved to be in vain as they went on to lose 2-1 at Ewood Park.
Gael Givet is still missing as he undergoes surgery for a heart condition while Junior Hoilett should be available having recovered from a hamstring complaint.