Kean defiant over Rovers future

Sun, 13 May 19:02:37 2012

Steve Kean was adamant he would still be in charge at Blackburn next season, despite their relegation to the npower Championship.

Speaking following Rovers' 2-1 defeat against Chelsea, in which Yakubu's goal was overshadowed by strikes from John Terry and Raul Meireles, Kean was in defiant mood. The Scot, who will meet the club's owners in India this week, said the rebuilding job "starts straight away".

He added: "We also have to try and fight for the players we have because, no doubt, other clubs will be swarming around and try and take them. That's the first part of the rebuild - making sure you keep the squad together."

One of those players is goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who was wearing a protective boot today as he watched from the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damaged. Kean said: "It doesn't need surgery but it does need five to six weeks in that boot before the tendon and the ligament can heal."

Kean all but conceded defeat in his bid to keep Junior Hoilett, whose contract expires this summer. Arsenal have been linked with the forward and Kean, who was once again subjected to chants of "Kean out" today, said: "I don't think it is going to be just clubs in this country.

"I'm told that there is interest from abroad. I can understand why because he has had some great performances, not only this season, but the past couple of seasons. We'll make a last-ditch effort to put something in front of him. You never know."


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