We have a confession to make. OTP discovered this morning that it has a severe disliking of Blackburn Rovers caretaker manager Steve Kean.
The suspicions that we weren’t his biggest fans were already there, but the lightbulb moment came when we read that he is planning a one-to-one meeting with Ronaldinho to fathom out the Brazilian star’s motivations once and for all.
The thought that immediately went through our head? You’re just off to get his autograph, you chancer!
Stories of caretakers promoted from within an existing coaching set-up have a habit of (generally) not ending happily. There is always something slightly Machiavellian about a guy who was essentially working for, in some cases hired by, the manager he is replacing.
And there was something particularly sinister about Kean’s promotion. Sam Allardyce had been performing well in his role, and the club was certainly not punching below its weight. That made it even more bizarre that the new owners decided to suddenly entrust their club to a man whose coaching career up to that point had largely involved chaperoning Chris Coleman in his not always successful managerial posts.
Steve Bruce’s reaction to Sunderland’s victory over Blackburn at the weekend added further ammunition. He dedicated the result to Allardyce.
Bruce added: “I’m very pleased. He’ll not enjoy his team getting turned over like that but for him, what’s happened to him, I’m absolutely delighted.”
Plus, as indicated by the photo above, when he wears a suit he looks like he has just walked out of court after getting off a GBH charge on a technicality.
So is our dislike of Kean justified or irrational? Does anyone have love for Kean?
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