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Kean could be Rovers boss 'forever'

Steve Kean has been told he could be the Blackburn Rovers manager "forever'' by the club's new owners.

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The Scot has been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs following the surprise sacking of Sam Allardyce earlier this week.

Venky's, the Indian firm which recently bought Rovers, are now beginning their search for a new manager but say the job is Kean's to lose and plan to let the 43-year-old influence January's transfer policy.

The company's owner Anuradha Desai told Sky Sports News: "We are not making any choices now and when the time comes we will give Steve two to three months to prove his mettle.

"Suppose he turns out to be good, then he continues as the manager - it is as simple as that. The option is open for Steve, it is very clear. He has been given the time and if he does well and proves himself, there is no doubt in our mind he would be the manager forever, then.

"Then we will not look at anybody.We will be keeping our options open but if he does prove himself to be good, which we are hoping he will, then he is the manager for a long time to come.''

Desai refused to be drawn on Kean's long-term job prospects when asked in an earlier interview with BBC Radio Five Live.

Indeed the numerous media interviews given have created confusion over the situation at Rovers but this latest strong backing for Kean suggests he is likely to be given an extended trial at the helm.

Venky's, who paid £43million to take control at Rovers, have previously expressed a preference to appoint a British manager but warned the process would be a thorough and lengthy one.

With Blackburn 13th in the Premier League, it could be a good opportunity for Kean to prove his managerial credentials.

The former Celtic player was brought to Ewood Park as first-team coach by Allardyce last year and turned down the chance to take over as manager at Kilmarnock in the summer to stay with Rovers.

He has earned a good reputation in coaching after spells at Reading and with Chris Coleman at Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry.

Desai has also insisted Swiss-based sports agency Kentaro will not be exclusively conducting transfers on their behalf.

She said: "As for Kentaro, they introduced us to the club in August and continue to advise us, but we are talking to a lot of people and we certainly don't have an exclusive deal with them. All our transfers don't have to go through them.''

Another rumour quashed is that linking Argentina legend Diego Maradona with the managerial vacancy.

Desai said: "He is not being considered, not now and forever for the future. I can assure you there is nothing we are having to do with Maradona.''


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