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16 May 2012 07:17:04

Kean due for talks in India with Rovers owners

Steve Kean is due in India for his latest talks with Blackburn owners Venky's with pressure for a managerial change continuing to mount.

The Scot has become the centre of an internet storm after video footage of him appearing to making disparaging remarks about Rovers predecessor Sam Allardyce was published by a fans' action group.

That came against a backdrop of huge supporter unrest following the club's relegation from the Barclays Premier League. A petition calling for Kean's removal containing almost 4,500 signatures was forwarded to Venky's by fans ahead of his arrival for what would ordinarily have been routine end-of-season talks this week.

The internet video is the latest controversy to hit Rovers after a letter from deputy chief executive Paul Hunt to co-owner Anuradha Desai, suggesting Kean be dismissed, surfaced in the media last week.

In the four-minute clip, apparently shot during Rovers' pre-season trip to Hong Kong last summer, Kean appears to be critical of Allardyce and predict a top-half finish as well as Carling Cup success.

He was in conversation with fans in a bar and unaware he was being filmed.

Press Association Sport understands Allardyce, who is now manager of West Ham, has instructed lawyers to initiate legal proceedings against Kean.

The BRFC Action Group, who posted the video on their website and YouTube, appear to be stepping up their campaign to oust Kean and the equally despised Venky's.

They pinpoint the club's takeover by the poultry firm 18 months ago as the start of their demise.

The group have now been granted a meeting with Sports Minister Hugh Robertson, facilitated by Blackburn MP Jack Straw, and the Premier League have also agreed in principle to meet them.


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