Drink-Drive Scandal Adds To Steve Kean Miseryby Mark Cohen / 18 August 2011, 08:22Tweet
Luck looks to have deserted Blackburn manager Steve Kean as he was back in the spotlight on Tuesday after being found guilty of drink driving. As a result the 43-year-old has risked upsetting the club's Indian owners, Venky's, who are already disappointed following the teams opening day defeat to Wolves. With the fans frustrated over the poor performance on Saturday and the lack of transfer activity Kean faces a crunch couple of weeks.
On Monday Kean was given an 18-month driving ban after admitting drinking and driving after Blackburn's game with Manchester United towards the end of last season. Kean admitted drinking two-and-a-half glasses of red wine with Sir Alex Ferguson after the game, and later a beer at a pub near his home in Blackburn. He originally claimed that his drink was spiked but in the end he pleaded guilty at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court and was fined £1,800 on top of his driving ban.
The club's owners are believed to frustrated with Kean and it could give them an excuse to send him packing if results do not improve. In a bizarre twist of fate Blackburn played Wolves on Saturday in a repeat of the final game of last season, in which both club's managed to survive the dreaded drop. Despite taking the lead Blackburn foiled and lost the match 2-1, much to the anger of their supporters who booed them off the pitch at the final whistle. With odds of 9/4 with William Hill Kean is among the favourites in the Next Premier League Manager To Be Sacked Betting and if things don't pick up fast then he could be on his way out very soon.
Blackburn's lack of depth and options was telling in Saturday's game with Wolves. Kean has expressed his need for some players following a frustrating summer in the transfer market, in which the club have sold Phil Jones and Nikola Kalinic. Kean is having difficulty in attracting players to the club and with only two weeks to go till the transfer window slams shut he needs to act fast in order to avoid suffering a repeat of last season. Rovers currently have odds of just 2/1 to be relegated at the end of the season, which makes for uncomfortable reading considering the club had set a target of a top 10 finish this season.
Next up for Blackburn is Aston Villa at Villa Park. William Hill have installed Villa as the 3/4 odds on favourites, with a Rovers win priced at 4/1 and a draw 5/2.
All odds are supplied by William Hill.