Kean braced for player departures

Fri, 11 May 16:26:41 2012

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is bracing himself for other clubs attempting to "pick off" the best players from his relegated team this summer.

Rovers were condemned to the drop on Monday when they lost 1-0 at home against Wigan, a game they needed to win to have any chance of preserving their Barclays Premier League status going into Sunday's final day clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

It has been a generally miserable season for the Ewood Park outfit, but there have been some notable performers in the side, including 17-goal striker Ayegbeni Yakubu and dynamic forward Junior Hoilett. That duo, along with former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, are among the players at Blackburn likely to be the subject of interest from top-flight clubs when the transfer window opens and Kean is ready for the overtures.

The Scot - who insists he is staying with Rovers long term - has been eager to focus on the forthcoming mission of getting the club back into the Premier League and he is determined to try to keep hold of most of the playing squad.

"We know there is going to be interest, as there always is at times like this when a team gets relegated," Kean said. "You have other clubs that will try to pick off the best of your players.

"There is going to be that interest, but we are attempting to keep the majority of the squad together and build a squad that can bounce back."


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