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Blackburn Rovers blog: Kean was on hiding to nothing at Cottage
MARCH 11, 2009. That’s the date of our last win in London.
That day, El-Hadji Diouf scored his first for the club and Jason Roberts hit the winner five minutes from time as Rovers came from behind to claim a 2-1 win at Fulham.
Thirty months have passed since our last victory in the capital, yet this weekend’s game was billed as ‘must win’ for Steve Kean.
Kean, regardless of his abilities as a manager, was on to a real loser at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Had we picked up a win already this season, that game would have been written off. Avoiding defeat would have been accepted as a positive result.
But as it came after three defeats, with the possibility of a fourth representing the worst start Rovers have ever had in 123 years of league football, the match was seen somewhat differently.
Games need to be judged in isolation as we seem to lose some sense of perspective when looking ahead to matches, simply because we are on a bad run.
Recently, Kean has become the new target for Rovers fans’ hatred of Venky’s. Now, I’m not defending his managerial expertise, nor am I a big fan of his, but shouting “Kean out, Kean out” is all well and good until you consider what would happen next.
Who would take his place? Don’t say Mark Hughes, because I can’t imagine he would work for Venky’s.
The timing of the open letter on a Rovers message board last week, demanding that Kean be sacked and said to be speaking on behalf of the fans, was bizarre.
It’s been a terrible start to the season, I’m not going to dispute that, but to publish that immed-iately after the transfer window closes, before a game has been played, was a bit pointless.
If after another three or four games we are still on one point, then yes, by all means start voicing your discontent.
But, like it or not, we do need to give the manager a chance now that he has firmly shaped the team how he wants it to look.
Read Jason Wilcox's column only in today's Lancashire Telegraph newspaper.
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