Shocked owners yet to decide on Rovers' coach Kean's future
Blackburn's co-owner Venkatesh Rao said he is still in shock about their relegation from the English Premier League and that a decision on the future of under-fire manager Steve Kean would be made next month.sports Updated: May 24, 2012 00:09 IST
Blackburn's co-owner Venkatesh Rao said he is still in shock about their relegation from the English Premier League and that a decision on the future of under-fire manager Steve Kean would be made next month. Kean too has been subject to fans abuse throughout the season.
In an interview to the Sky Sports television channel on Wednesday, Rao said: "I really don't know on that issue. I think we're talking about various things; about the manager, about the players, about the staff, about the club. I would say kindly bear with us for some time and then the whole picture will be cleared. "I would say next month, it will be a proper situation to talk about. Let us see what happens. We are totally in shock and let us take it step by step. There's nothing decided still because it's totally in a confused state. "We are still rectifying the whole thing as a club so it's very difficult to say right now, while we are in the middle of the process."
Kean, who was somewhat surprisingly installed as manager replacing Sam Allardyce after the new owners took charge, has travelled to India for talks. Rao described them as "honest" but refused to comment on the Scotsman's future.
Rao said while it is sad that Rovers went down, they need to come back strongly "at any cost."
Van Gaal in contention for role at Liverpool
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Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Martínez of Wigan Athletic are among several candidates for the manager's post and whoever is chosen will, it seems, have to accept working with Van Gaal.
Slow recovery rules Villa out of Euro
Madrid: Barcelona's David Villa ruled himself out of the running for a place in Spain's squad for Euro 2012 on Tuesday after failing to recover from a broken leg. The all-time leading scorer for Spain broke his left leg while competing in the Club World Cup with Barca in December.