Presumably it was an effort to ward off any potential legal action for defamation and to signal the last cutting of links to the their former manager, but Blackburn Rovers today issued an apology on their club website for quotes attributed to former manager Steve Kean.
The bungling Scot had strolled into a bar in hOng Kong during the club’s preseason tour of Asia. He had then proceeded to get drunk and speak to a few Blackburn fans whilst caught on video. During the conversation he stated that his predecessor Sam Allardyce had been sacked for being a crook.
The club’s statement read as follows:
During the summer of 2011, Mr Steve Kean was this Club’s manager and accompanied the players of Blackburn Rovers on a pre-season tour of the Far East.
Whilst in Hong Kong, Mr Kean was in a bar and falsely alleged that Sam Allardyce, our previous manager, was sacked by us because he was a crook.
This is completely false and we apologise to Mr Allardyce for the embarrassment and distress caused to him by Mr Kean.
Short and sweet, although quite why it has taken 18 months for the apology is unclear.