Kean expects transfer backing

24 December 2011 01:46

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is confident under-fire owners Venky's will provide the money for much-needed defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window.

Many people expected conversations between executives of the Indian company and their manager this week to centre around Kean's position, but not so according to the man himself. Instead, the Scot presented his list of transfer targets to help relieve an injury crisis that has robbed him of Ryan Nelsen, Scott Dann, Martin Olsson and Gael Givet.

Kean said: "We spoke about the transfer window and the need to get defenders in and just where we are. It was a very positive conversation. It wasn't a case where there was just positions discussed, it was names."

He added: "I told them I think we can get these players and let's push on and get them in the early part of the window so we can have a good amount of bodies and good competition for places once the other lads get out of the treatment room.

"We talk about what I feel is the most important things. The conversations have mostly been about players' health and players coming in."

Kean has had to endure ever more vociferous protests from fans calling for his head and has also acted as a lightning rod for anger at the role of Venky's, who have done little to take the heat off the Scot.

He had no complaints, though, saying: "I think they are aware (of the atmosphere). They watch the games, if not live then a few hours after. They read all the newspapers and all forms of the media.

"They're being supportive to me. Anytime I ask for a player I normally get them, so that's good support."

Source: PA