Steve Kean defends Blackburn owners

 

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Blackburn manager Steve Kean insists the club's owners have kept all their promises during their first year at Rovers.

A year to the day they were taken over by Indian poultry giants Venky's, second-from-bottom Blackburn take on bottom side Wigan tomorrow with defeat for either side likely to intensify a Lancashire crisis.

Discontented Rovers fans have targeted Kean in protest this season and are now turning against the owners.

Kean, however, believes that Blackburn have been cursed by bad luck, are close to turning the season around - and that Venky's have fulfilled their side of the bargain.

He said: "Anything I have ever asked for in any transfer window has always been delivered. I think when we are trying to build a young team maybe you are not going to pick up as many points as a more, senior older team but I think we are improving and the owners know that as well.

"Any promises they made to me as far as allowing budget, any time I have asked for a player to be re-signed or if I wanted any backing in bringing a player to the club - none more so than Scott Dann on deadline day for a sizeable amount of money - that has been delivered.

"They are very involved, they watch the games, they enjoy coming over and spending time at the stadium and at the training ground, meeting the players.

"The players then went out to India and enjoyed meeting them on a personal level. I think every member of the team and the staff know what they are about now and have a personal relationship with them which I think is unique."

Kean has told his players to not even contemplate going for a draw at the DW Stadium, especially with Wigan on a run of eight consecutive defeats.

He added: "We've said to the lads, let's look positive, let's not even think about a draw, let's go and get an away victory.

"We feel already that we should have beaten Norwich away and we are slightly disappointed it was only a point at QPR.

"There are group of games coming up with lots of points we can be putting on the board."

Kean believes the silent majority of Rovers fans are behind the team.

He added: "Any fans are concerned when their team is in a relegation zone but I think most fans are totally behind what we are trying to do and are getting a bit fed up with the ones that are having a pop."

Chris Samba is touch and go for Blackburn's trip to the DW Stadium. The Congo defender has been back in training this week after a hamstring injury, but both Dann and Michel Salgado are ready to return to the Rovers defence after spells on the sidelines.

Kean added: "Chris is massive for us - not only physically but in his experience. He's a bit of rock for us but if he misses out Scott Dann is fully fit and Gael Givet has been playing very well for us."

Simon Vukcevic is missing after suffering a badly-broken nose on international duty with Montenegro.

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