Blackburn fans feeling 'liberated' by resignation of Steve Kean as manager
Blackburn fan groups are feeling 'liberated' following the resignation of Steve Kean as manager on Friday evening.
Last Updated: 28/09/12 10:31pm
The beleaguered boss has been a target for supporters long before he took the club down to the Championship in the summer and has finally quit claiming his position was 'untenable'.
The Blackburn Rovers Action Group is relieved that the regular protests have eventually seen Kean leave as manager.
Their statement read: "Following 654 days as manager, 373 days since the first protest, 74 matches, 37 defeats, one forfeit, one relegation, a third board of directors, three assistant managers and a community in mourning, today will go down as the day when Blackburn Rovers was liberated from the man who has brought a whole club's supporter base to their knees with tears.
"They have had thoughts of helplessness and pure anguish at what they have seen unfold at Blackburn Rovers since that ill-fated day he was appointed in December 2010.
"Never in the club's history has one man brought so much despair to the terraces and survived against all odds like Steve Kean has managed to - until today."
Supporters have publicly expressed their disappointment at Kean's refusal to apologise for the relegation, and have voted with their feet with the average attendance this season just over 13,000.
"It's been long, hard and painful 12 months. A lot has been spoken and many words have been written. However, one thing has remained constant - the supporters' fight to have a well-run club, with a manager who does not take the supporters for granted," the statement added.
"Steve Kean has single-handedly turned lifelong supporters away from the terraces by his lack of respect, his derogatory comments, his poor performance as a manager and constant excuses."
The Action Group is now keen to build bridges with owners Venky's and global advisor Shebby Singh.
"The BRFC Action Group now wants to put all its energies in helping rebuild the family community club of just two years ago," they added.
"Mistakes have been made and lessons need to be learned. Since Shebby Singh's appointment, open and honest dialogue has been forthcoming and welcomed.
"Now is the time for all supporters to unite, put their full support behind the manager's replacement and the players and be the club's 12th man in the quest for promotion."