Steve Kean’s Boo Boys, are they right?


September 23, 2012 by Chris Hames

Two day ago saw the first defeat for Blackburn Rovers in their return to the Championship, having started the season in good form – well good enough to sit them top of the division. Though as the whistle went the infamous cries of ‘Kean Out’ rang around Ewood Park, as though they were still facing the season of last. Many outside of the club were quick to jump to the defence of Kean, or more so the criticism of Blackburn, and dismiss the boo’s as petty, cheap and wrong – considering the start they had had. I do question those, however, and suggest that, in some way, the Ewood Park lot are right to boo as they please.

Just to clarify from the off, I am in no way congratulating, or supporting the hatred of a man who has only lost one game this season. It is against everything I, and so many others in the sport, believe in, to dispose of a manager after such short space of time. But. And this is a big Beyonce-esq but. I do see where they are coming from.

Imagine, if you will, your football club. Not even two decades after winning the league title against all the odds and being the first to break the Sir Alex stronghold. A club that only five/six years ago had a manager who was loved by all who flocked to your ground, and had created the sort of club, with the sort of football you desire. Then look at your club now, with a man whom nobody has warmed to. Even your Chairman has said he is prepared to sack him on a whim, something that only fuels the hatred of those that solely place the blame of this once great clubs demise to the Second Tier of English football. Steve Kean is not the man the Blackburn fans want, and it is through these Boo’s and demonstrations that they try to show us that the “beautiful”  game is no longer in the hands of the fans, and of those that have to stick by their clubs through thick and thin, but by the Millionaires and the businessmen. And it is because of this unbreakable link to their club they boo. Not because they can’t stand to lose one game, but because all they can see under this man, and his owners is bleak.

A similar, yet less public and less disastrous, case happened at Bolton, not all that long ago, under the stewardship of Gary Megson. The Reebok lot never grew to man who had the mountainous task of trying to replace their true legend Big Sam Allardyce, (this forgetting the unfortunate spell with Sammy Lee?) and because of this his job became increasingly more difficult, considering win, naturally, can be few and far between for teams at the lower reaches of the tables. Ironically it was not the man they despised, but the one they cherished who eventually dropped them from the Premier League.

For those who support the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United, or Everton who have had the same man and same ideas at the helm of your club for so long that there never is ‘the-fear’ that this may all seem a bit alien, but to those clubs that have, above all expectation achieved, the idea of seeing a Steve Kean, or a Gary Megson in charge is frightening. In these circumstances, the booing, though perceived by the press to be so, is very loosely linked to the results on the pitch. Instead it has a greater standing off it, where the true fans demand their say, in order to still feel connected and in trust of their club.


  1. Joshua says:

    Liked the article but when you said ”
    It is against everything I, and so many others in the sport, believe in, to dispose of a manager after such short space of time.” It is kinda factually incorrect. Kean has been with us for nearly two years and took us from a mid-table Prem team to the Championship. Other than this, very nicely done.

    • Chris Hames says:

      I respect what you are saying, and, two years for a man who has never had the support of the fans is impressive, but I was referring more to long term management, such as Moyes, Wenger and Sir Alex. It was not in criticism of Blackburn, more football in general.
      Thank you for your comments and opinions.

  2. michael in holland says:

    dito Joshua

  3. Pete Doc says:

    Whilst Rovers won their three previous Championship home games, in all of them they were under prolonged spells of self-inflicted pressure, could not keep the ball and had the minority of possession in home games against Leicester and Barnsley (who despite having five players unavailable had 60:40 advantage in possession). Against Middlesborough we met a side who could finish the chances their domination, drive and greater pace deserved. At home the product on offer is drudgery, dross and wandering around in the wilderness for the most part, interspersed with nerve-jangling errors and occasional flashes of quality.
    With Steve Kean, I have the impression of a man who is in charge but not in control (both on and off the pitch) and both the puppet and the pupetteer need to be changed.

    • Chris Hames says:

      I completely agree, it was in comparing Kean to Megson that I tried to suggest such lack of control and real knowledge of how, or where to take the club.

  4. unless you go and watch Blackburn Rovers you will never understand the plight of the fans, the tactical decisions, the players we have bought and lost, the way the club has been run in the last 18 months, the backroom staff that have given years of service to our great club just sacked, paid off or just told to go, because they dont agree to whats going on, the manager who does not take comments lightly from staff members who then have been binned, or does not answer to the board its gone on too long now its a results business and we have not had the results he has the worst record of any rovers manager KEAN OUT!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Steve says:

    ‘two years for a man who has never had the support of the fans is impressive’…Chris, that’s a very curious thing to say. You acknowledge the mistake in your original article that Mr has been manager for nearly two years not ‘a short time’ as you said. But to say that it is impressive when faced with the fact that he has an extremely poor record and long ago lost the respect and trust of the fans is an odd description. Foolish or stubborn or refusing to face the facts might be a better way to describe his continued stay in office.

    • Chris Hames says:

      It has been, on the part of Venkey’s, impressive, how long they have stuck by a man who hasn’t had the best record – considering the shortness in term of the likes of AVB – I am in no way saying it was the correct decision, but their desire to stick by him has been, albeit foolish, quite impressive.

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