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YouTube video is new mishap
IS anyone actually surprised that some Steve Kean comments are again the talk of the footballing world? It has been happening for 18 months now.
The footage that has been put on YouTube apparently showing Kean insulting former boss Sam Allardyce to fans in Hong Kong last summer is undoubtedly embarrassing.
Perhaps more embarrassing though is Rovers’ under fire boss telling fans the club would definitely finish in the top 10 and win the Carling Cup. He even appeared to bet a suppor-ter £100 it would happen.
‘Judge us after the window’ were his pearls of wisdom. They finished their summer activity having signed Yakubu, Scott Dann, Simon Vukcevic, Radosav Petrovic, Myles And-erson, Bruno Ribeiro, David Goodwillie and Jordan Slew.
If Kean was really being judged on those signings then, let’s be honest, he would have been long gone by now. Aside from the Yak, who they stumbled on at the last minute, there can’t have been many worse windows.
A vow of a top 10 finish and a Carling Cup hasn’t actually worked out well for him either has it? Relegation is a long way from those dreams.
It has to be said that Kean has a right to feel unfortunate that this footage has been made public knowledge.
He didn’t know he was being filmed and I’m sure we’ve all said things a little bit over the top when in a bar.
The thing is though as a Premier League manager you just can’t afford to say stuff like this, because there is always the danger it will come back to haunt you.
Away from the obvious legal side of what he seemed to say about Allardyce, no football manager should speak so disrespectfully about a fellow boss in front of supporters.
I’m sure the academy coaches aren’t too chuffed at his Phil Jones revelations either.
It came across as though as though he was mocking their judgement. Doesn’t give you much confidence for the future does it?
This video alone should not be enough to cost a man his job. It is unfortunate, embarrassing and out of order, but something that, in normal circumstances, is just that.
This is not normal circumstances though. It is the latest in a long line of things that would surely see any other owner decide a managerial change is needed.
The most important of all is the performances on the pitch. Kean said ‘judge us after the window’, well he had a lot longer than that.
The facts are the club is now out of the Premier League when Kean believed they would be challenging for the top 10. That should be damning enough.