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The former Blackburn boss is to launch legal proceedings after footage of his successor lambasting his coaching ability was leaked overnight, causing an internet storm

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is to sue his successor at Blackburn Rovers, Steve Kean, according to reports in The Daily Telegraph.

Rovers boss Kean has come under scrutiny after video footage was leaked onto the internet in which he openly criticized his predecessor at Ewood Park.

Allardyce is thought to be furious about remarks made by Kean during his side’s pre-season tour last summer, in which called into question both his integrity and his managerial ability. Kean also delcared his confidence that Blackburn would secure a top-half finish in the up-coming campaign, in which they finished 19th.

It is also reported that the former Blackburn boss is to launch further proceedings against his old club, following his controversial dismissal in December 2010, which led to Kean’s appointment.

The Scot was set to hold talks on Tuesday with club owners Venky’s, with his future at the club already under threat after their relegation to the Championship.

Kean has always maintained he has the full support of the club’s hierarchy, but with the latest controversy heaping more pressure onto his shoulders after months of supporter protests, his future may be in question.
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Whatever the decision on his future at the Lancashire club, the 44-year-old is reportedly under threat of further punishment from the footballing authorities following the video footage from a Hong Kong bar.

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