Blackburn Rovers’ 11 year stint in the English Premier League was brought to an end by defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park last Monday night and the club’s relegation marked a bitterly disappointing end to what has been a particularly turbulent season for the Lancashire club.
Rovers, who won the Premier League in the 1994-95 season, ended the campaign in 19th place in the Premier League table and that is sure to see increased pressure on the reign of current manager Steve Kean.
Few managers in the history of the Premier League have endured more abuse than the beleaguered Scot has had to endure since taking over Sam Allardyce in December 2010 and the club’s relegation from the top flight has merely heightened speculation as to where Kean’s future lies.
Bookmaker William Hill offer odds of just 8/11 (1.73) for the Scot, who is believed to be meeting with owners Venky’s this week, to take his seat in the Blackburn Rovers dugout when they begin life in the English Championship next season.
The same firm offer odds of Evens (2.00) that Kean will survive the summer and remain in charge of Rovers for, at least, the opening game of next season’s campaign.
The statistical evidence of his tenure makes grim reading for the Glaswegian. Rovers have won just 17 of the 66 matches that Kean has overseen as manager – a record which marks him out as having the second worst managerial record in the history of the club.
Kean, though, will point to being hamstrung by a chronic lack of investment, especially compared to the heady days of the mid 1990s when fellow Scot Kenny Dalglish was able to splash out a then-record fee of £3.5 million to bring Alan Shearer to Ewood Park.
Kean might well have a valid point but that is unlikely to cut much ice with owners Venky’s and his miserable spell as Blackburn boss may well come to an end soon, making the 8/11 (1.73) quote with William Hill look like a price which must be snapped up.
Steve Kean to be Blackburn Rovers manager on the first day of next season?:
No - 8/11 (1.73)
Yes - Evens (2.00)
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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter here.