Kean plays down sack threat

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has rubbished the rumours he will be sacked if his team lose to Bolton on Tuesday, claiming the club’s owners are behind him (Rovers evens, Bolton 11/4, draw 5/2 – match betting).

Tuesday’s basement battle between the two north-west outfits could go a long way to deciding the fates of both managers, with Trotters boss Owen Coyle also under plenty of pressure.

Bolton (8/13 to be relegated) will start the match rock bottom after Saturday’s defeat to Fulham, with Blackburn (8/13) just a point and a place better off after they lost to West Brom.

Blackburn fans had called a truce in their campaign to force Kean out for the games against West Brom and Bolton but were left disgruntled by Saturday’s defeat to the Baggies.

The local paper has now thrown its support behind the supporters and believes it is time for Kean to go.

The Scottish tactician has now though rubbished the reports suggesting the axe will fall on him should they lose to Bolton, claiming he held productive talks with the owners on Sunday.

Kean told Sky Sports News HD: “I spoke with the owners for about 45 minutes yesterday (Sunday).

“We had a real good conversation, mentioning again the health of some of the players because we have got a few that are falling at the moment.

“We will look forward to the transfer window opening and see if we can get a few bodies in that can hit the ground running straight away and make an impact.”

Blackburn’s cause hasn’t been helped by a number injuries, Scott Dann the latest to join the walking wounded after being ruled out for six weeks with a groin injury.

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