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Bullish Kean does not fear axe

Steve Kean insists his job is secure despite Blackburn Rovers' recent slide down the Premier League table.

Rovers' 4-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday was their fourth defeat in five matches, but Kean is confident he will not be sacked after meeting with owner Anuradha Desai on Sunday.

Kean replaced Sam Allardyce in January, but after picking up just one point from their last five matches, he was tipped to be the next managerial casualty.

Rovers now lie just four points above the relegation places but Kean believes stability is just what the club needs following the arrival of new owners Venky's this season, and the subsequent departures of Allardyce and chairman John Williams.

"The stability they've given me is fantastic. Do I feel safe? Yes, I do," Kean said.

"It's also good for the players. We've so many who are out of contract in the summer, so the fact they want to back me through my contract allows me to sit down with the lads, like I did in the transfer window.

"They might not want to sign a new contract if someone else is coming in."

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