Kean calls for courage from players

20 December 2011 08:16

Steve Kean has called on Blackburn's players to 'show courage' on Tuesday night as he attempts to cling on to his job by beating Bolton at Ewood Park.

Even that might not be enough to save Kean such is the savaging he has been getting from fans and the local media. But defeat for his injury-hit team, against the only team below them in the top flight, would almost certainly bring the curtain down on an ill-fated 12 months in charge.

"When you are in the position ourselves and Bolton are in you accept and expect there is going to be a bit of stick coming your way. You have to face it up and accept it," he said. "We have to show courage, get on the ball and get after them from the first minute."

He added: "We understand the magnitude of this game. It is a six-pointer."

Kean faced the media on Monday with his young son in attendance.

It can hardly have been a pleasant experience for the lad given his father was grilled repeatedly about Blackburn's plight, second bottom with 10 points, and the banner headlines in the local paper demanding that he is sacked immediately.

There was even talk of a Roy Hodgson-like situation, recalling the former Liverpool boss gave a pre-match briefing to the Reds' in-house channel prior to an FA Cup trip to Manchester United in January, only to be ousted before the game actually took place.

Yet, for all Kean's faults, evidently he has not lacking in mental fortitude.

"I would never back away," he said. "When we win I come up and answer questions. If we lose or draw it is not something I would ever run away from.

"You have to face up to the responsibility. People deserve that respect."

Source: PA