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UPDATED: Singh piles the pressure on Rovers boss Kean
9:10am Monday 13th August 2012 in Sport
ROVERS supremo Shebby Singh says under-pressure boss Steve Kean will be sacked if he loses three games in a row this season.
The revelation came at an open forum with fans from the Blackburn Rovers Action Group at King George’s Hall on Saturday morning.
The club’s global advisor also labelled midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen a ‘pensioner’ as he fielded dozens of questions from hostile Rovers fans in the 90-minute meeting.
He also warned fans to take promises made by Kean ‘with a pinch of salt’. Organised by the action group, the meeting saw almost 500 supporters pack out Blakey’s Cafe Bar as they quizzed Singh about everything from potential signings to agents’ fees.
Every question was met with loud cheers as the former Malaysia international defender attempted to outline owners Venky’s plans for life in the Championship.
He said: “The owners have said to me do what you are doing, continue doing it – the manager has not said to me we should have signed so-and-so, or we don’t need so-and-so.
“For me, it’s about results. For me, after three games if we have dropped nine points, we would quite literally only have a 50 per cent chance of getting promoted, so everyone has to start from day one.”
When asked to clarify how many losses on the bounce it would take for Kean to be sacked, Singh replied: “If we lose three games? Definitely.”
This prompted a massive round of applause and chants of ‘Kean Out’ but Singh’s comments on long-serving Norwegian Pedersen seemed to do little to endear him to the Rovers’ faithful.
Commenting on the decision to place the 30-year-old on the transfer list, Singh said: “Morten Gamst Pedersen used to be a fantastic left winger.
“Unfortunately he has not reinvented himself as a centre midfielder. “He has lost his legs. He has not been contributing to the team. We want people who can run and run, and keep running for 90 minutes.
“We are not here to entertain big names. This is why teams fail.
“Under Sam Allardyce, he was possibly three years younger. Wingers lose their pace and if they can’t reinvent themselves they are, quite literally, of no use. “There are players who are past their sell-by-date. “If this club wants to move forward, you need energy and you need vigour.”
He added: “We won’t get anywhere with pensioners on the pitch.” On numerous occasions, Singh explained he could not be held accountable for decisions made before his appointment and that everyone at the club now had a clean slate – including the manager. He said: “For me his record starts on the 18th (of August).
His appointment came first and I am here to pick up the baton.” However, Singh intimated that he does now have the power to dismiss the Scotsman.
When asked by one of many fans demanding to know how Kean was still in a job, Singh answered: “Sometimes I wonder too,” prompting cries of ‘circus’ from the audience. Another fan asked: “I know nothing about football management, I’m a liar, a suck-up and I’m part-Scottish – can I have a job?”
Singh replied: “That position is already taken.”
Other issues clarified by Singh included confirming that only a few more than 8,000 season tickets had been sold, that agent Jerome Anderson was not on the payroll at Ewood Park, and that his son, striker Myles, would be sent out on loan to Aldershot Town.
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