Blackburn manager Steve Kean hopes his senior players will stick with the team despite their relegation, and thinks the club’s owners will keep faith with him next season
Rovers were relegated on Monday night after a 1-0 loss to Wigan, amid massive fan protests and general ugliness at Ewood Park. Owners Venky’s were also targeted by the crowd, and Kean hopes the Indian capitalists will stick with the club and his services.
Kean said after the match: “It is difficult to put into words what the atmosphere is like in the dressing room.
“A few things were thrown our way in the media last week, questioning our attitude, but I felt tonight we gave it a real good go.
“The disappointing thing is we couldn’t take it to the last game.
“I am not going to walk away. We’re devastated but we’ll live to fight another day.
“I will sit down with the owners and discuss a plan on how to assemble a squad to help us bounce back up straight away.
“We need to try to keep the majority of the squad together and add one or two experienced players that can help us, so from the first game of the season we are ready to bounce back and make sure we are in the division we should be in.
“I have spoken with the owners, like I do every day. We haven’t mentioned what has happened tonight, but I am confident we will have a sit down and have a plan in place as quickly as possible.”
Given that he had been the target of abuse for almost the whole season, and that he couldn’t save the club from the drop, Kean was asked why he would want to stay in such an unsatisfactory position.
He replied; “I am a big believer in my own ability and a big believer in the guys I have got in the dressing room.
“I have spoken to each and every one of them and they are devastated but I can’t fault their commitment.
“I am convinced we can go on and build a side that can move us forward again, but this is a massive setback.”