Blackburn news

Venky's give Kean full backing

July 24, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has received the backing of the club's owners, Venky's, who claim they are 'very happy' with his performance.

Steve Kean
PA PhotosSteve Kean was under pressure last year

Kean came under fire for a poor run of results last season that almost saw the club relegated to the Championship. However, despite reports that Venky's were looking for a more high-profile boss, they have given their full commitment to their current manager.

Co-owner Venkatesh Rao told Sky Sports News: "We have been very happy with him. We were in relegation trouble, but we came out of it. That doesn't help the rumours, but I want to reassure the fans that there is nothing like that happening. He is there for good. We are very positive about him. I don't know why these rumours come."

Rao has also refuted rumours that claimed Venky's did not have the financial power to give Kean money in the transfer window.

"Money is not a problem, the problem is miscommunication and the rumours have led to this situation, for which I am very sorry,'' Rao added. ''We want to run it as a company, very systematically. On spending, we are very much meticulous and we want to do it positively."

Indeed, Kean claims he has been given assurances that money will be made available.

He said: "I had a meeting with some of the family last night and I've got another meeting today. We will be discussing people coming into the club. I have got a great relationship with the owners and we are trying to get more people coming to the club and prevent anybody from leaving - it's as simple as that."