Kean quit on Friday evening as the Championship club’s manager and
Sources close to Kean say that his position became “untenable” because he felt the club’s owners, Venky’s, were trying to influence team selection and that he had been undermined by Singh. This will be strenuously denied.
Blackburn may be forced to look elsewhere for a replacement though because Sherwood is still hoping that Spurs will promote him to director of football from his present role as assistant first-team coach working with the younger players.
Spurs want to approach far more experienced candidates for that role, however, led by Roma’s general manager Franco Baldini, who has a good relationship with head coach Andre Villas-Boas.
Sherwood has made it clear that he wants to have greater influence at Spurs and although he is admired by chairman Daniel Levy his ambition has become a source of friction with questions raised as to whether he is being supportive enough of Villas-Boas.
The likelihood is that the 43 year-old, who was Blackburn’s captain during their title-winning 1994-1995 season, will have to decide whether he remains where he is or accepts the offer at Ewood Park.
Singh is believed to have spoken to Sherwood before last Sunday’s match between Spurs and Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane, where he was a guest of the visiting club. Further talks are now planned once a formal approach is made to Spurs.
If Sherwood prevaricates then Blackburn know that despite the problems at the
club – not least the terrible public image since Venky’s took over – they
remain an attractive proposition with one of the strongest squads in the
Experienced managers such as Mick McCarthy would be interested while Blackburn are also aware that midfielder Danny Murphy, who only joined the club in the summer, would like to move into management at some stage. He could prove a popular choice.
Singh has been an outspoken figure at Blackburn since he joined and was forced to apologise to Kean and midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen after criticising them. He was also behind the target of 16 points from the first seven matches that Kean was set – he achieved 14 points – while also announcing that if he were to lose three matches in a row he would also lose his job.
Kean’s turbulent 22 months in charge ended when he announced he was quitting on Friday at the team’s hotel as they prepared to travel to Charlton Athletic. His assistant, Eric Black, took charge of the team on Saturday and is also believed to be interested in being considered for the manager’s post.
Kean’s time as manager, promoted from first-team coach following the ludicrous dismissal of Sam Allardyce in Nov 2010, became a period of sustained hostility, with the club’s fans never taking to the Scot and regarding him as the owners’ puppet.
Kean was a stronger influence than that and enjoyed the backing of co-owner Anuradha Desai. Indeed, even up until the point of his departure, Desai is believed to have fought to keep Kean – even delaying a decision to sack him last weekend when it was believed a press release to that effect had been prepared.
Kean made several personal appeals to Desai for a stay of execution during his
time as manager — particularly after the club were relegated from the
If Kean does bring a case against Blackburn, and it goes to a tribunal, or the High Court, it is likely to be a messy affair with claim and counter-claim and uncertainty over who was in charge of the club’s transfer policy, why certain players were bought and sold and the influence of some agents.
For now there is simply relief with the mood among Blackburn fans summed up by the BRFC Action Group which spoke of feeling “liberated”. Removing Kean would appear to be the start of the solution — in the hope that the owners’ now run the club properly.