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Steve Kean appointed Blackburn manager

last updated Wednesday 22nd December 2010, 1:50 PM
Steve Kean Former Fulham assistant manager Steve Kean is on his way back from India having had a summit with Blackburn's new owners to confirm his position as the club's manager and he will be handed a transfer budget to bring in four new players in January.

ESPNsoccernet can reveal that he is to be installed until the end of the season in an attempt by Venky's to provide the club with some stability, and should his spell be successful he will be given a longer contract.

An official announcement will be made on Wednesday after the new owners decided to put their faith in the former Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry assistant manager, who has been highly recommended by those within the football industry.

Kean, 43, was initially handed the managerial reigns on a caretaker basis, but has been appointed on a basis, full-time with the go ahead to bring in his own "exciting" players, with sources informing ESPNsoccernet that Kean will be charged with changing the way Blackburn play - to make them more entertaining than under Allardyce.

Kean has had just one game at the helm, which saw Rovers draw 1-1 at home, but will now be given a modest £5 million transfer budget to try to stamp his mark on the team, though he can also spend whatever he generates from player sales.

He will have the final say on all transfers at Ewood Park, contrary to Allarydce's complaint that transfers were being forced upon him, which has been strenuously denied by high level sources inside Blackburn.

Allardyce is clearly still upset by his abrupt exit, to the extent that he has expressed disbelief that Kean has been handed the chance, even on a temporary basis. He will be even more shocked that Kean now has his job full time.

Kean has no previous experience as a full-time manager, but has made no secret that he would relish taking on the role permanently.

Source Harry Harris at Soccernet
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