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Steve Kean sets his own targets at Blackburn Rovers
STEVE Kean insists he has set his own targets at Blackburn Rovers – after rubbishing reports that failure to win at Bristol City tomorrow will spell the end of his Ewood Park career.
The Rovers boss has been dogged by rumours surrounding his future for the past 21 months and, despite yesterday being nominated for the Championship manager of the month, was subject to more speculation surrounding his position.
A national newspaper yesterday reported that Kean would be dismissed if Rovers dropped points in any of their next three matches after being set a pre-season target of 16 points from the first seven games.
But Kean is adamant the only target he has been given is his own, promotion, and believes the club are on course for a return to the Premier League.
He said: “I haven’t been set a target. We set our own targets, we know what it is going to take to win the league and that is what we are trying to do.
“We know, looking at the fixture list, it is a tough one but we are on course at the minute to get promoted with an average of two points per game.
“We are sitting in an automatic promotion position going into a tough game against Bristol City and then two home games.
“There is one target and the target is to get promoted.”
The Lancashire Telegraph understands owners Venky’s have high expectations this campaign, with global advisor Shebby Singh ready to advise his bosses to pull the trigger at any signs of their promotion bid coming off the rails.
No specific points target has been given to us though and, when asked if he would be sacked if Rovers did not win on Saturday, Kean replied: “I have never heard that.
“If we win on Saturday we are not going to promoted there and then, if we draw or lose we are not not going to get promoted. I think we have made a great start against some good teams.
“I don’t know where that type of comment comes from. I would like someone to put their name to it because then it would be easy to argue the toss.
“We are getting on with it. We are getting on with it as a club, the owners, the directors, the staff and the supporters. Everyone.”
Meanwhile Kean has revealed out of favour winger Simon Vukcevic could be heading out on loan imminently, having struggled to make an impression at Ewood.
The Montenegrin international has hardly played at Rovers since being signed in August 2011, with Kean admitting he might move on in search of regular football.
Kean said: “He has been a great lad, has trained well every day, it is just there have been other players in front of him and done well.
“There is a lot of competition in the wide areas. I know in international games he has played just behind the striker but we have a lot of players who can play there as well.”