Steve Kean still sort of believes Blackburn can maybe stay up, weary friends report
You and your precious Premier League may think Blackburn are down Ã¢ÂÂ but, according to Back of the Net's Paul Watson, their ever-positive manager has different ideas...
Worried sources close to Steve Kean have revealed that the Blackburn manager is working on a complex series of elaborate plans that he believes will allow his side to avoid relegation.
It has been a tough season for Kean, who was chosen as the figurehead for the clubÃ¢ÂÂs supremely unpopular owners VenkyÃ¢ÂÂs after the baffling dismissal of jowl-rich kick-and-rush specialist Sam Allardyce in December 2010.
With relegation seemingly inevitable for the last six months, Kean has been the received torrid abuse from Rovers fans, but has always insisted his men would beat the drop Ã¢ÂÂ a belief he still holds despite relegation being mathematically decided by MondayÃ¢ÂÂs loss to Wigan.
Ã¢ÂÂSteve seemed down when he got back from the Wigan game,Ã¢ÂÂ a source close to Kean told FourFourTwo.com. Ã¢ÂÂBut oddly he started to perk up the next day and began saying cryptic things about his Ã¢ÂÂdevilish master planÃ¢ÂÂ and how things have Ã¢ÂÂall fallen perfectly into place.Ã¢ÂÂ
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Kean has reportedly spent the last 36 hours in his office hunched over a computer, a calculator, a box of nitrogen tri-iodide crystals, a rudimentary daisy cutter fuse, a copy of Shane RichieÃ¢ÂÂs autobiography Rags to Richie: The Story So Far and a radish.
Ã¢ÂÂHeÃ¢ÂÂll go silent for quite a while and then come up with another idea - he really wonÃ¢ÂÂt give up,Ã¢ÂÂ a despairing friend of KeanÃ¢ÂÂs explained.
Ã¢ÂÂAdmittedly a lot of them arenÃ¢ÂÂt great ideas Ã¢ÂÂ itÃ¢ÂÂs mostly stuff like hacking into the FAÃ¢ÂÂs website and changing the tables, hanging around Roberto Mancini and seeing if he leaves any points lying around or releasing a rabid dog on to the pitch at the Chelsea game. To be honest, I really canÃ¢ÂÂt see how the dog thing would help at all.
Ã¢ÂÂYou almost think it would have been easier to have beaten a few teams like Bolton, or had a shot on target or two against Wigan.Ã¢ÂÂ
There are reports Wolves boss Terry Connor is one step ahead of Kean, and has pulled off a tactical masterstroke to combat his sideÃ¢ÂÂs grim plight by declaring the final game of the season against Wigan to be a Ã¢ÂÂ25-pointerÃ¢ÂÂ, giving the Midlanders a chance of survival and handing Roberto MartinezÃ¢ÂÂs men an unexpected shot at European qualification.