Blackburn Club Focus – Petrovic form gives Kean one less problem to worry about

When energetic defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones’ brief loan spell at Blackburn Rovers came to an end last summer, much-maligned manager Steve Kean was left to fill a gaping hole in the middle of the park. Tough-tackling Jones had become an integral part of Rovers’ spirited side as they battled to secure Premier League safety, but the Lancashire outfit were unable to make the United States international’s move permanent. Kean eventually found a much-needed replacement in the form of the younger Serbian player Radosav Petrovic. However, six months after his arrival,…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers sell Jason Roberts to Reading

Jason Roberts’s five-and-a-half-year spell with Premier League outfit Blackburn Rovers came to an end on Thursday as the veteran Grenadian striker joined Championship side Reading for an undisclosed fee. Roberts, who turned 34 on Wednesday, had fallen out of favour at Ewood Park following a well-documented contractual issue. His last appearance for Steve Kean’s side came during Rovers’ 2-1 loss to West Brom back in mid-December, where the centre forward replaced summer signing Simon Vukcevic in the 62nd minute. Roberts’s exit will come as no surprise to supporters following the…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Samba misses out as Rovers clinch point at Goodison

Despite the absence of influential, want-away skipper Chris Samba at Goodison Park on Saturday, Blackburn Rovers put in a spirited performance to claim a well-deserved 1-1 draw against David Moyes’ Everton side. Samba, who handed in an official transfer request last week to try and force a move to either Queens Park Rangers or Tottenham Hotspur, was left out of the squad altogether by manager Steve Kean for the important clash. However, in truth, for the first time in months, it probably eased his selection headache ahead of the game.…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Kean fighting a losing battle as Samba saga splits opinion

When Blackburn Rovers’ influential skipper Chris Samba handed in an official transfer request earlier this week, Steve Kean could have been forgiven for feeling sorry for himself. The optimistic Scot has faced a number of problems since he became manager of the Lancashire outfit about 12 months ago and Samba’s public desire to leave is just the latest issue that the Rovers boss will have to deal with. It seems that Kean is fighting a losing battle however, as every decision he makes, regardless of whether it is about a…

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Blackburn close to Bordeaux striker loan deal

Blackburn are set to complete a loan deal for 23-year-old Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste. Rovers are looking to improve their fire-power, with only Yakubu (12 goals) netting more than three league goals this season so far, and the young French forward Modeste has impressed Blackburn manager Steve Kean while scoring three goals in four starts for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 this term. The deal on offer would appear to be a simple loan deal, with no option to buy the player at the end of the season, according to FIFA.com.…

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Samba in demand but can Blackburn afford to let him go?

Despite Blackburn Rovers’ attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League picking up steam with a 3-1 against-the-odds win over Fulham, captain Christopher Samba this week handed in a transfer request in the face of interest from Queens Park Rangers, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur. Losing his skipper would be an immense blow to Rovers manager Steve Kean, as the towering Congo centre-back has been the backbone of Blackburn since Mark Hughes first brought him to England in January 2007. Arriving at Ewood Park for a bargain £450,000 from Hertha…

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Arsenal eye bid for Blackburn defender

Arsenal have been put on red alert to sign Scott Dann after the Blackburn defender is reportedly weighing up his future, according to The Sun. The former Birmingham City defender only signed for Blackburn at the start of this season and was promised that the club’s best players would not be sold. Rovers captain Chris Samba has handed in a transfer request and Dann is now considering a move away from Ewood Park, should the Congolese international leave. Dann held talks with the Gunners before deciding to move to Blackburn…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers must resolve Roberts’ contractual issues as Yakubu faces ban

When Blackburn Rovers’ top-scorer Yakubu was sent off after just 23 minutes at Ewood Park on Saturday, the stage was set for vastly experienced striker Jason Roberts to lead the line in the Nigerian’s absence. However, as has been the case for almost a month now, Roberts had not even been handed a place on the bench and David Goodwillie was called upon instead. Grenadian forward Roberts is thought to be missing out on the action due to contractual issues, but with Yakubu now suspended for three games and Rovers…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Future of Samba could determine future for Rovers

When towering defender Chris Samba joined Blackburn Rovers for just £450,000 from Hertha Berlin in 2007, many supporters would not have predicted how important the Congolese centre-half would become for the team five years later. The French-speaking giant arrived as an unknown quantity, but is now a household name thanks to some magnificent performances in a Rovers shirt over the years. Some fans believe that Steve Kean’s side would almost certainly face relegation if Samba were to leave during the transfer window. Unfortunately for them, their influential skipper now wants…

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Blackburn Club Focus – FA Cup defeat may be blessing in disguise for Steve Kean

It shows just how far Blackburn Rovers have fallen this season that a victory over Alan Pardew’s high-flying Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena in the FA Cup would have come as a major shock to the club’s own fans. Indeed, Steve Kean’s strugglers were on their way to a surprising win and a rare clean-sheet against the Magpies at the weekend, thanks to David Goodwillie’s 35th minute short-range strike – his second goal in as many games. But French attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa scored a sensational solo…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Kean forced to prioritise Premier League over FA Cup

Struggling Premier League outfit Blackburn Rovers have been known to take domestic cup competitions extremely seriously over the last few years. Not only did the Ewood Park club reach the Carling Cup semi-final in 2010, but more recently they progressed to the quarter-final stage of that same competition before being knocked out by Cardiff City in November. However, as they prepare to face high-flying Newcastle United in the FA Cup this weekend, under-pressure manager Steve Kean knows that his main priority over the coming months will be to guide the…

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Tottenham get boost in Samba pursuit

Tottenham have been boosted in their pursuit of Blackburn defender Christopher Samba by the news Steve Kean must sell at Rovers, The Daily Express reports. Samba is a top target for Harry Redknapp, who believes he is a defender and an attacker away from a serious push for the title. Rovers boss Kean is looking to make some adjustments to his squad ahead of their fight for survival and could use Samba as the finance to change their fortunes. Samba has been the standout player for Blackburn this season, but…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Was Kean the right man all along?

For months, much-maligned manager Steve Kean has been telling angry fans that he is the right man to turn things around at Blackburn Rovers. For months, Kean has claimed his players are behind what he is trying to do at Ewood Park. For months, the optimistic Scot has given hungry youngsters the chance to compete against the Premier League’s more established stars. Kean has finally got his reward. Those who thought that a surprise point at Anfield on Boxing Day was simply a one-off, a fluke result, will have been…

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Tottenham Samba links increase

Tottenham could make a move for Blackburn defender Chris Samba in the transfer window, despite Redknapp’s assertions that Spurs will not sign anyone in January, according to the Daily Mirror. Blackburn need money for Steve Kean to be able to make new signings, and are considering offloading Samba to finance the purchase of two or three new players. Samba’s £60,000 per week wages could be an obstacle, but with Blackburn likely to accept a cut-price fee, Spurs may be tempted to take the opportunity to bolster their back line. According…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Transfer window could make or break Rovers season

As Blackburn Rovers’ under-pressure manager Steve Kean prepares to strengthen his wafer-thin squad in January, the much-maligned Scot will be aware of the growing interest in a number of his talented players from Premier League rivals. The struggling Lancashire outfit are currently sitting uncomfortably at the bottom of the table, which poses a problem for Kean in more than one way. One of the trickiest issues the former first-team coach faces will be convincing quality players to join a side which has only managed to win two top-flight games all…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Battling Blackburn clinch precious point at Anfield

Under-pressure Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean arrived at Anfield following three consecutive defeats in the Premier League and with his side sitting at the bottom of the table. With seemingly the whole of Blackburn, including a large section of supporters, the local media and even MP Jack Straw against him, many believe that Kean has done well to keep his job for this long. But guiding the Lancashire outfit to an unexpected, hard-fought 1-1 draw against top-four hopefuls Liverpool will have given the optimistic Scot a great deal of satisfaction.…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Managers rally round Kean after further fan abuse

Lowly Blackburn Rovers sunk to the bottom of the Premier League pile following a miserable performance and defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers and local rivals Bolton Wanderers this week. The Ewood Park outfit have spent much of the season in the dreaded drop-zone, but this latest setback means that Lancashire side will suffer the humiliation of being bottom at Christmas. As a consequence, the pressure on rookie manager Steve Kean has reached a whole new level. Supporters once again turned on the Scot at Ewood Park on Tuesday…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Kean on the brink as Rovers prepare for crunch clash against local rivals

Under-pressure Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is on the verge of losing his job according to the Daily Mail and other national newspapers. The Scot, who has been in his position as boss for a year, saw his side slip to their sixth top-flight defeat in eight home matches so far this term as they were beaten by West Brom. Kean has regularly been backed by Indian owners Venky’s, though whether they still remain confident enough in him to turn things around remains to be seen. The numbers suggest that…

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Racing Santander midfielder denies Blackburn Rovers talks

Racing Santander defensive midfielder Pape Diop has denied a report in the Daily Mirror that he has been in talks with Blackburn Rovers about a proposed January move to Ewood Park. Diop, who is expected to have shaken off an injury to appear against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening, admits he is aware of the Premier League club’s interest: “Yes, I did read it but nobody has said anything either to me or, to my knowledge, my agent,” he said. “If it’s true we can talk about it, although at…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Kean’s record on player signings is mostly positive

Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean may currently be under intense pressure due to his poor managerial record since replacing Sam Allardyce in the hot-seat around a year ago, but the optimistic Scot has brought some exciting young players to Ewood Park over the last two transfer windows. Even the harshest of critics will admit that the signings of Mauro Formica, Ruben Rochina and Yakubu have worked out well for Rovers, and there are other players who are slowly but surely beginning to make an impact. Defender Scott Dann has been…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers destined for relegation unless defence is tightened

Lowly Blackburn Rovers lost a golden opportunity to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time in almost three months as they slipped to a cruel 2-1 away loss to fellow strugglers Sunderland. Guided by new manager Martin O’Neill for the first time, the Black Cats looked destined for defeat with less than ten minutes left on the clock, but a David Vaughan rocket on 84 minutes and a splendid Sebastian Larsson free-kick in injury-time handed the Sunderland three precious points and condemned the visitors to…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Rovers need to find goal-scorers other than Yakubu

When Blackburn Rovers travel to the Stadium of Light this Sunday, under-pressure manager Steve Kean will once again be relying on in-form striker Yakubu to fire his side to another three vital points. Last weekend, the well-travelled 29-year-old became the first player to score four goals in a single Premier League game for the Lancashire outfit. That took his tally for the season to nine top flight goals, the same number as England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney. Yakubu has already comfortably filled the gap left by Nikola Kalinic,…

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Tactic Talk – Blackburn find a hero in Yakubu

Blackburn Rovers claimed only their second victory of the season with a 4-2 victory over Swansea City at Ewood Park. In a result expected to secure the short-term future of Rovers manager Steve Kean, one key performance in particular sealed the win for Rovers, a four-goal display from Yakubu sealing a priceless three points for the hosts. The Nigeria striker gave his side the lead on 20 minutes, arriving onto a loose ball to lash home, past Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal. This advantage would be cancelled out just…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Calls for Kean to go continue while Yakubu bags four in Rovers victory

Nigerian striker Yakubu became the first Blackburn Rovers player to score four goals in a single Premier League game as the Lancashire outfit collected three precious points against Swansea City. Steve Kean’s star summer signing has now bagged nine league goals in as many games – only Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Robin van Persie have found the net on more occasions this term. The 29-year-old, who arrived as a cut-price replacement for the disappointing £6m forward Nikola Kalinic, was signed for a fee reported to be in the region…

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Blackburn Club Focus – Kean looking for three points against Swans after another tough week

Slipping to the bottom of the Premier League table, slumping to a defeat at the hands of Championship outfit Cardiff City in the Carling Cup and then being ridiculed for seemingly suggesting that Blackburn Rovers ‘forfeited’ that game – it is safe to say that this has been a tough week for much-maligned manager Steve Kean. The Scot, who has been under pressure for over six months, attempted to clarify his post-match comments following Rovers’ poor showing at the Cardiff City Stadium by saying: “My comments at the press conference…

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