Kean: I will meet supporters (if it's safe)


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The Blackburn Rovers manager, Steve Kean, claims he will meet the club's disgruntled supporters under the right conditions despite facing further protests at the club's training ground yesterday.

Around 50 fans were outside the gates of the Brockhall training centre yesterday and, although they had stated that unpopular owners Venky's were the target for their protests, Kean was abused as he left the training pitches.

Kean had been expected to lose his job in the wake of Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers, at which the supporters, who have been calling for his removable for months, turned on him once again, with one fan even throwing a shirt at him after the final whistle.

But the Scot is still supported by Blackburn's co-owner Anuradha Desai and looks set to be in place for the double-header at Liverpool and Manchester United, while insisting that his only talks with the owners have centred around plans for the January transfer window.

Venky's have not made any public statements for months and, although Kean maintains he does not have answers to supporters' questions about the club's financial situation, he will hold talks with them if his safety is assured.

"I have to take direction from other people with health and safety and if we do anything like that it's in the proper environment," he said. "It got pretty vicious at the game [on Tuesday] and first and foremost it would have to be safe.

"We have got safety officers and I am told to stay in at the training ground and make sure all the entrances at the training ground are secure.

"I've said I would be available to have some discussions with the fans and I've met some in my office, as well as doing a full, open podcast that answered all of the questions the fans asked me."

On his conversations with the club's owners, Kean added: "We didn't speak about Tuesday night. We were talking about the health of the squad and when we were expecting to get everybody back [to fitness and available] and the transfer window and strengthening in certain positions.

"We talked about names and getting people in very quickly. I don't think we can mess about because each game comes round so quickly we need points on the board."

The goalkeeper Paul Robinson is doubtful for Boxing Day's game at Liverpool because of a calf problem and the defenders Martin Olsson, Gaël Givet and Ryan Nelsen remain on the sidelines.