I'll admit, I have a lot of sympathy for Blackburn Rovers manager, Steve Kean. He must feel like the guy that got a Porsche for Christmas, only to find out it was a cut and shut and his insurance won't cover the cost! Because in no way could he have expected the job to go like this when he took over from Sam Allardyce, a year ago. In fact no one in their right mind would take the job then, if they knew what was going to occur now. And if you believe the rumours and the stories, things are only about to get worse.
Following the fans' weekly protests to get him the sack; player, Michel Salgado has come out in the press to say the club is refusing to play him as more appearances will trigger a one-year extension on his contract. An action he suggested, that the club cannot afford. To top it all off, the latest back page tale is that former Manchester City boss, Mark Hughes is now favourite to take Kean's job.
Salgado has long been a fan favourite and for a long time was one of the first names on the team sheet. The right-back decided to speak up after coming through a reserve match and then being given five days off. This follows the news that the player will be encouraged to move on in January.
Kean confirmed the statement was true, but said that Salgado was nowhere near the number of games needed to activate his contract renewal. Apparently, he was given the time off to 'speak with his agency'. Although, it seems bizarre not to use an experienced player who fit to play. Nor can I recall a player needing a whole working week off to speak to his agent. Not to mention they currently have four other defenders out with injury, with only Ryan Nelsen due to return before the end of January.
Again, this raises questions about the clubs finances and increases the anger of their loyal supporters. They had said they wouldn't protest during the next two games, but this barely lasted the 90 minutes it took the team to lose against Bolton. Reports said they refused to leave the stadium grounds until Kean was sacked!
The relationship between fans and owners has been strained since they dramatically took over and sacked Big Sam, a well respected manager with a wealth of experience, to replace him with Kean in his first managerial role. Followed by their interesting decision to extend his contract while the club languished in the Premier League's bottom three. With emotions already running high, things only got worse when the owners left the Fulham match at half-time because they found the temperature in the executive box, 'too cold'.
While the players have publicly backed Kean, you couldn't blame the man for feeling like a stale bit of cheese in a month-old sandwich. More importantly it is hard to see how anyone involved can carry on with things as they are. Soon, something will have to give.
Regional newspaper, the Lancashire Telegraph went as far as to call for him to step down on Monday, Tuesday's Sky Sports cameras managed to catch some of the crowd waving said front page after Bolton scored their second goal.
It's not that the fans are happy with the owners but they are willing to be patient, right now they hope Kean leaves and Venky's start running the club in a more traditional manner. One that doesn't involve the manager flying to India, to have a chat about results and possible transfers. But there is no doubt they will turn on them too, if they continue to hemorrhage points as they are. This group of people, who grew up watching their club being nurtured by Jack Walker family are nervous for Rovers' future and it's understandable to see why they feel distrustful of the new owners.
The club have lost four of their last six games and their next six games are against; Liverpool (A), Manchester United (A), Stoke City (H), Fulham (H), Everton (A) and Newcastle United (H).
They have played 17, won just two, drawn four and lost 11. And as the dreaded Christmas Day table arrives, they sit four points from safety with ten points.
Unfortunately for Kean, the manager is always the scapegoat. The way he has handled the protests against him, there will be many who feel a little sorry for the guy. But if the club is still propping up the table come the end of those six matches, it's unlikely he'll last much longer than one of Venky's chickens!