Kean believes he will keep Blackburn job despite relegation

The Scot admitted that his squad were "devastated" following the defeat to Wigan which sealed their fate but is targeting promotion from the Championship next season
Blackburn boss Steve Kean insists he is the right man to help the club bounce back following their relegation from the Premier League.

Monday's 1-0 home defeat to Wigan ended Rovers' 11-year stay in the top flight but Kean is backing himself and his squad to attain promotion next term.

“I’m a big believer in my own ability and the guys I’ve got in the dressing room, each and every one them is devastated but I can’t fault their commitment," he told reporters. "I’m convinced we can build a side to move us forward again.

“Yeah I do [believe I’ll still be here]. I can’t control [the fans reactions]. We’ve not mentioned what’s happened tonight but I’m confident we’ll have a plan in place to build a squad that will bounce us back immediately.”

The Scot also revealed his disappointment that the Lancashire outfit could not force the relegation battle down to the last game of the season.

He added: “It’s difficult to put into words what the atmosphere is like in the dressing room, I think there was a few things thrown our way that questioned our commitment but tonight I think we gave it a real go.

“We felt we’d done enough to take it to the last game like we did last season.

"It was going to be tough but we felt that could we have won tonight then, obviously we had to go and beat Chelsea but the fact was that we had to win tonight. It was disappointing we couldn’t take it to the last game.”

The 44-year-old went on to bemoan the loss of several key players during the season and targeted a quick return to the Premier League.

“I’ll sit down with the owners and discuss how to assemble a squad that can help us bounce back straight away because certainly we’ve lost a lot of experience over the last six months," he continued.

"I think we need to try and keep the majority of the squad together to make sure from the first game of next season we’re in a position to get back into the division we should be in.

“We have to build a squad as quickly as possible, the division below is a very tough league to get out of and we need a squad that can be competitive. That’s the first thing I’ll be doing tomorrow morning.”