A North West daily has stepped up its “bold” campaign to force its local football club manager out of his job.
The Lancashire Telegraph first called on Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean to go last December – but despite the club subsequently being relegated from the premiership, he remains in post.
Now the newspaper has called on the club’s owners to take “decisive and immediate action” over Kean’s future amid conflicting reports about his role.
In what Sky Sports called “a bold move,” the paper ran a back back leader yesterday under the headline: ‘End this absurd farce now’.
It accuses owners Venky’s – led by chairwoman Anuradha Desai – of “dithering” and looking like “a management team that can’t manage.”
Editor Kevin Young said: “Last December, after much soul searching, we called for Kean to go. At the time we were echoing the feelings of the majority of Rovers fans.
“We, and more importantly, the fans’ protests were ignored and Rovers ended up being relegated.
“Fast forward to last weekend when it became clear that moves were afoot at the club to get rid of Kean – only for the club’s owners to then go into dithering mode leaving the fans, the players and Kean himself in a state of paralysis. Poor management by any standards.
“The facts are that despite a decent start to the season in terms of results, the supporters are staying away in their thousands and many of those who ARE turning up are letting it be known that Kean must go.
“Our loyalty as a newspaper is to the fans. They are the club but they will stay away as long as Kean is at the helm.
“It’s pretty clear what Mrs Desai has to do to end this toxic situation.”