Kean must steady ship at Blackburn

STEVE KEAN will today begin the task of trying to persuade Blackburn's players that Ewood Park is once again a stable place to play football.

New owners Venky's confirmed yesterday that Glaswegian Kean, 43, will remain as manager until the end of the season after placing the former first-team coach in temporary charge following Sam Allardyce's sacking last week.

In addition to the outspoken remarks from captain Christopher Samba, who publicly declared his intention to leave because of the sacking, vice-captain and fellow defender Ryan Nelsen also criticised Venky's for their lack of communication, saying: "We as players know nothing, the staff know nothing. Nobody knows anything about what's going on."

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With the transfer window opening next month, new targets will also be high on Kean's agenda, particularly given the squad's injury problems.