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Former Fulham man Kean rebuffs Chelsea offer

last updated Thursday 19th June 2008, 2:27 PM
Steve Kean
Steve Kean
Former Fulham assistant manager Steve Kean is staying at the Sky Blues, despite an approach to assist Luis Felipe Scolari at Chelsea, according to a statement issued by Coventry City FC today.

Steve Kean has committed himself to the club after the Chelsea appraoch.

Kean arrived at the Sky Blues in January as assistant manager to Chris Coleman, who he had previously worked with at Fulham.

The Scot enjoyed a six-year spell in Portugal as a player and admitted that while an approach has been made to work under Scolari - who will join Chelsea when his current role with the Portuguese national side expires after the European Championships - he will continue to assist Coleman in transforming the Sky Blues' fortunes.

"There was someone acting on behalf of Scolari who contacted me about a role at Chelsea," explained Kean who has also coached at Reading.

"I was very honest and explained that I'm under contract on a very exciting project at Coventry.

"I immediately phoned Chris (Coleman) and Ray (Ranson) to tell them about it and told them why I thought Chelsea had contacted me.

"I can speak Portuguese, I've got a lot of experience in the Premier League and I suppose I tick the boxes of what they're looking for to help Scolari get started over here. That's probably where it has come from.

"I have to say I was very flattered by the approach but the simple fact is I'm at Coventry and we are just getting started on something very exciting.

"When Chris and I first sat down with the Chairman before we started at the Club, he told us all about his plans and it was very exciting.

"Those plans are starting to come together now with the redevelopment of the training ground and new players coming in.

"We'll be starting a busy pre-season soon and I'm looking forward to working with the players and getting ready for a new season I'm very excited about."









































































Source Coventry Telegraph
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