Beleaguered Blackburn Boss Steve Kean Admits He Has Never Seen New Signings Play

Steve admits ignorance over new players.

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has admitted he has not seen any of his three deadline day signings play live.

Kean told BBC Radio Lancashire that Grzegorz Sandomierski, Nuno Henrique and Diogo Rosado were all recommended by global advisor Shebby Singh.

“They’re in the club now and we can have a real look at them,” said Kean. “I’ve not seen them play live.

“Shebby Singh was very excited about them coming here and was telling me how good they were.”

The Scot continued: “We feel as though we can improve any player that comes to the club and also integrate them as quickly as possible.

“Shebby went to see Nuno Henrique play for Academica on the Friday before we played Leicester and told me he played very well.

“The reports we have for Greg, who has played a lot of first-team football, are good but I’ve not seen him play myself.”

Blackburn signed 12 new players between the end of the season and the conclusion of the transfer window.

They broke their transfer record on Thursday to bring Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes to Ewood Park.

Six of the other 11 new arrivals are from Portugal and Kean is confident that they will be able to adapt quickly to the English game.

“These players have been identified by Shebby and he’s been very excited about the technical abilities of these players,” he added. “You can’t have too many good players.

“I would like to work with them really intensely over the next couple of weeks because we all know how difficult it is.

“We’ve seen it with some players coming from foreign countries before, even with senior players like Michel Salgado when we had him here.

“We need to push them as quickly as possible into the intensity that we train, which I know is different to how they train abroad.

“It will hit them between the eyes straight away, but the sooner they can get involved with it, the better.

“If they show the signs that they can compete straight away, they’ll get thrown in.”


Is this a clever PR stunt or another act of stupidity from beleaguered Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean?

The Scot is under-pressure (to put it mildly) from a large section of the Ewood Park faithful who have been bitterly and virulently calling for his head for the best part of a year.

Kean’s admission that he has not seen three (and judging by his follow-up remarks, quite possibly a lot more than three) of his new signings play football, is hardly likely to please the Rovers fans. Granted, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted the same when he signed £7m flop Bebe, but the Man United boss had over 20 years worth of Silverwear to counter any grumblings about that particular mistake; Kean does not.

On the one hand, the confession adds to Kean’s image as the idiotic, buffoonesq, puppet-manager, who is so grateful to be in employment, he is quite happy to go along with any ridiculous measure the club’s Indian owners impose upon him.

But by admitting that he has essentially been forced to signed these players might shift some of the pressure onto his superiors if results don’t Rovers’ way. Kean can easily blame the club’s global advisor Shebby Singh if the players fail to deliver and it also gives him a ready made excuse to not play them at all, on the ground that none are good enough.

Of course, knowing Kean’s luck, they’ll all be spectacular and he’ll be unable to take any of the credit, while the players he’s personally brought in will all spectacularly flop.

On a serious note, Blackburn have made a decent start to the new Championship season and currently sit second, with 8 points from four games. If Kean and Rovers can continue this kind of form, there is a possibility of the unthinkable – redemption for the Scot in the eyes of the Rovers fans.

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