Board wanted to give Kean boot

Blackburn’s deputy chief executive Paul Hunt wanted manager Steve Kean removed last December, a leaked letter he sent to the club’s owners has revealed.

Hunt’s letter, obtained by Sporting Intelligence, also details financial turmoil and the supporter unrest which has manifested itself at Ewood Park since the Venky’s takeover of November 2010.

Hunt, writing after a defeat to Bolton in December, also warned of the danger of relegation from the Premier League — a fear which came true after defeat by Wigan on Monday.

He was highly concerned about the direction of the club under the distant ownership of the Indian firm and asks chairperson Anuradha Desai to allow him greater control. Hunt has been the most senior official at Ewood since the departure of former chairman John Williams more than a year ago.

Hunt’s comments about Kean were arguably the most interesting of the 2,500-word document.

He wrote: “Publicly I have been asked to support the manager and I always have as I personally like Steve.

“However, I am now of the opinion that it isn’t working and he is ready to go. He has lost the crowd and as a result of this evening’s game has lost the dressing room as well — the players no longer want to play for him.”


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