Kean for Rovers boss to get a break

Blackburn boss Steve Kean
Blackburn boss Steve Kean
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The Bishop of Blackburn was recently moved to support Rovers boss Steve Kean from his pulpit.

Kean, you will know, has been the victim of a toxic campaign from a section of fans baying for his removal.

It has become so vitriolic that the manager is not allowed out in the town without a security man by his side.

Everton boss David Moyes had to leave the recent Blackburn v Bolton game at half-time, so disgusted was he by the vilification of his fellow manager.

The Lancashire Evening Post and local MP Jack Straw called for Kean to quit.

But the so-called Rovers fans behind all this should be ashamed of themselves.

They believe the inexperienced Kean stole the job by stabbing former boss Sam Allardyce in the back with Indian owners Venkys.

But Kean vehemently denies this and there is no evidence to support it.

The rebels made their point long ago. Now they are sabotaging the club’s chances.

Had they put their energy behind the team rather than creating a polluted atmosphere at Ewood Park, Blackburn would be doing better.

As it is, Kean has engineered a significant recovery of late.

His team won at Old Trafford, drew at Anfield, and on Saturday beat Fulham 3-1, despite a red card for former Pompey striker Yakubu.

Suddenly, the usual mindless phone-in callers have been silenced.

Blackburn are out of the bottom three, but not out of the woods.

They will almost certainly have to sell their superb young winger Junior Hoilett this month and it looks like defensive rock Chris Samba wants out.

But judged on recent evidence, the rest of the players are giving Kean everything.

The manager deserves enormous credit for dignity in the line of fire.

It is time this decent bloke was given a break.